The city of Santa Monica's ban on plastic shopping bags took effect Wednesday with supermarkets, convenience stores, liquor stores and pharmacies barred from handing out single-use plastic bags.I understand those are a bacterial nightmare.
A six-month grace period will be in place before enforcement kicks in, with fines starting at $75 per infraction. Criminal prosecution is possible for repeat offenders.
Recyclable paper bags will still be available in stores for 10 cents apiece. [...]
The Ralphs grocery store in Santa Monica expects little resistance to the ban. Assistant manager June Kim said 30% to 40% of their customers already bring their own reuseable totes to shop. [...]
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Patients increase control of Insane Asylum
I hear the area of LA I live in is being renamed the "Faux-Medical Marijuana District," but at least they are getting the scourge of plastic grocery bags under control: