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In the City of Los Angeles, a plastic bag ban goes into effect this year, to reduce pollution and waste. Starting July 1, 2014, small stores will be required to ban single use plastic carryout bags. If customers request a carryout bag, stores can provide a paper bag for a $0.10 fee, or offer reusable carryout bags.
The new LA City bag ban applies to small markets, convenience stores, stores selling “milk, bread, soda, and snack foods,” and stores with a Type 20 or 21 license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).
Here are some ways to start preparing your store and customers for the ban:
Encourage your customers to start carrying reusable bags with them when they visit your store.
Put up promotional materials in your store to explain the bag ban, why it’s good for your business and the environment, and how it will affect customers. The Los Angeles City Bureau of Sanitation created helpful posters in English and Spanish which you can download here and print to put up in your store.
Offer customers reusable carryout bags with the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network logo, or order customized bags promoting your own store name.
To order the HNMN reusable carryout bag, or order your own custom design, contact Aphrographics at (424-293-3350) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While supplies last, the LA City Bureau of Sanitation reusable carryout bags are being given away at no cost. Contact SRCRD@lacity.org or call (213) 485-2260 to find out more.