Long Beach vice mayor wants to ban plastic shopping bags

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

Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal has proposed a citywide ban on plastic shopping bags. It's similar to the ordinance Los Angeles County supervisors recently passed.

Like the L.A. County ban, the proposed Long Beach ordinance would give grocery stores time to adjust – and would allow consumers to go with paper bags if they want. They’d just have to pay 10 cents for each one they request.

Lowenthal proposed the ban less than a day after a Sacramento press event at which she and other elected officials and advocates lent their support for the cause.

The announcement in Long Beach also follows Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s call for California lawmakers to reconsider a statewide ban on plastic bags. A similar bill passed the Assembly last summer but died in the State Senate.

The Long Beach City Council plans to discuss the ban at its meeting next Tuesday, December 7.

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