Yesterday the City Council of Los Angeles voted to ban the use of plastic bags in stores by the year 2010. The decision follows that of the city’s northern neighbor, San Francisco, which banned plastic bags last year.

It is estimated that L.A. uses two million plastic bags a year, which contribute to pollution build-up in storm drains and the Los Angeles River. But in two years residents will have to bring their own reusable bags or pay a 25 cent charge for a paper or biodegradable bag. The city said they will not implement the ban if the state of California is able to pass a proposed law that will require a statewide plastic bag recycling program and a 25 cent fee for using a bag.

A group called the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition protested the ban…seriously.

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