Los Angeles County bans plastic bags

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The wind blows a plastic bag around the beach near the Manhattan Beach Pier August 21, 2008 in Manhattan Beach, California.

Los Angeles County has voted to ban stores from using single-use plastic bags. The measure applies to unincorporated parts of the county and will directly affect an estimated 1.1 million people.

County supervisors approved the measure Tuesday in hopes of preventing billions of bags from polluting neighborhoods and waterways.

The ordinance bans stores from giving customers single-use plastic bags and would require them to charge 10 cents for each paper bag beginning next year.

Supporters clapped and cheered the decision. Opponents, however, say they are concerned that jobs will be lost and residents in poorer neighborhoods will struggle with fees for paper and reusable bags.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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