Top Leaderboard, Site wide
July 29, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Help us grow by sharing
and liking Truthdig:
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Newsletter

sign up to get updates






The Sixth Extinction
War of the Whales


Truthdig Bazaar more items

 
Ear to the Ground

The Plastic Bag Is So Passé

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on May 23, 2012
Photo by (CC-BY)

The Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ban plastic bags. If approved, the measure, pending environmental review and a subsequent vote, would make L.A. the biggest American city to do away with this major source of pollution.

The council originally considered banning paper bags as well, but decided instead to implement a 10 cent fee charged by retailers.

The ban applies to the cheap disposable shopping bags typically found in grocery stores, many of which end up clogging the city’s gutters and floating in its ocean.  —PZS

KNBC:

The council approved a compromise measure, introduced Tuesday after years of debate over the issue, that would phase in a ban on plastic grocery bags. The measure will eventually require retailers to charge 10 cents for paper bags, which an original measure would have also banned.

The policy, approved on a 13-1 vote, will still need to be crafted into law by the City Attorney’s Office, and will be subject to an environmental review before it returns to the council for another vote. The council wants a final vote within four months.

Read more

More Below the Ad

Advertisement

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.