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Los Angeles isn't the only city banning plastic bags, Orange County cities have ban for next year

File: A plastic bag is caught in bushes outside a supermarket.
File: A plastic bag is caught in bushes outside a supermarket.
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As Los Angeles takes steps toward an ordinance banning single-use plastic grocery bags, other California cities have already banned the bags.

Some cities in Orange County have recently adopted ordinances banning the bags and others are considering them. After efforts failed last year to enact a statewide ban on single-use grocery bags, environmental groups intensified their efforts at the city and county level.

Laguna Beach passed a single-use plastic bag ban last February and Dana Point passed a ban in March. Both go into effect early next year (2013).

Angela Howe with the San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation, says 27 cities and counties in California now have ordinances banning the bags.

“The 27 different patchwork around the state really leads to the question: why isn’t the state government acting on this, why can’t we have a uniform law statewide,” Howe said.

Howe says many of the city ordinances, including the one in Laguna Beach, require a ten-cent charge for paper bags.

She says Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel and Irvine are also in various stages of considering bans on single-use plastic grocery bags.