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Reusable Definition

Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.

Paper Bag Id Requirements
Stores Affected

Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City of Los Angeles: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that generates sales or use tax pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law ( Part 1.5(commencing section 7200) of Division 2 of the Revenue And Taxation Code) and that has a pharmacy licensed pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing the section 4000) of Division 2 of the Business of Professions Code; or (3) A drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of goods that include milk, bread, soda and snack foods, including those stores with a Type 20 and 21 license issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Comply Date
Law Text Details

6/28/2013: The Mayor has signed the new legislation. 6/25/2013. The file has been sent to the Mayors office for signature. He has until July 5, 2013 to act. City Council has approved new bag legislation. The bill still needs the mayor’s signature, which is expected to happen in early July. The new law would impact grocery stores, convenient stores, pharmacy/drug stores and large format stores (with food). Plastic bags would be required to be 2.25ml thick and have specific testing requirements. Paper would be required to contain 40% PCW (no OGF and be recyclable) and would carry a $0.10 fee per bag. Stores would also be required to provide or make available for sale a reusable bag (poly or fabric). 5/23/2013 LA just elected a new mayor that may change this issue. The Bureau of Sanitation just released the final EIR. 1/16/2013 The City’s Bureau of Sanitation is currently charged with complying an EIR for the ban ordinance and reporting back to the city later this year. LA CITY COUNCIL VOTED: MAY 23, 2012 to implement a ban. They are now in the process of writing an official ordinance.

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