LA County to vote on plastic bag ban

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Plastic bags have not been banned in the state, but many California cities are pushing forward to ban them

Los Angeles County is expected to consider a ban on single-use plastic bags, but critics say a potential loophole could allow the use of thicker plastic bags found at department stores.

County supervisors are expected to vote on the matter on Tuesday. The ordinance would ban stores from giving customers single-use plastic bags and would require them to charge 10 cents for each paper bag beginning in 2011.

The ordinance drafts parameters for the definition of reusable bags that stores can provide saying they must be machine washable.

Critics, however, say a motion to amend the proposal would change that definition to bags that can be cleaned and disinfected. And this, they say, could allow for the continued use of thicker plastic bags.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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