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West Hollywood approves plastic bag ban

Posted: August 21, 2012 1:00 p.m.
Updated: August 21, 2012 1:00 p.m.


WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Another California city has banned plastic bags at store checkouts.

The West Hollywood City Council approved the ordinance on Monday night.

The Los Angeles Times says the law prohibits grocery and other retail stores from distributing plastic bags.

Larger retailers must stop using plastic bags within six months. Smaller stores have a year to comply.

Farmers markets and restaurants are excluded.

The ban is intended to reduce landfill waste and to encourage residents to shop with reusable bags or paper bags made with recycled materials.

Unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and other California cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Pasadena, already have plastic bag bans.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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