Long Beach plastic bags
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske is asking for a report from the City Public Health Officer concerning educational efforts by the Health Department to inform grocers and their customers about the need to clean reusable bags that may be the source of bacteria.
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The City of Long Beach ban on single-use plastic bags will be expanded on January 1, 2012, when smaller retailers will stop distributing plastic carryout bags.
“Our plastic bag ban has been very successful in helping to reduce litter in our neighborhoods; reduce plastic debris in our waterways and storm drains; and reduce waste transported to landfills,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal.
Long Beach residents are reminded to “Take a Tote” when shopping at large grocery stores, big box retailers and large drug stores that sell food and perishable items. Beginning August 1, 2011, these stores will no longer provide plastic carryout bags.
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
So you probably have already seen the signs in Long Beach grocery stores telling you that beginning August 1 no more plastic bags and that the City Council has imposed a ten cent per paper bag fee.
City Council votes to ban the use of plastic carry out bags in Long Beach.
On Tuesday, May 17, the Long Beach City Council approved an ordinance that bans merchants from handing out plastic carry-out bags and imposes a ten-cent charge on recyclable, paper carry-out bags at all supermarkets and other grocery stores, pharmacies, drug stores, convenience stores, foodmarts, and Long Beach farmers markets.
Should Long Beach ban plastic bags? You can join the discussion by attending a Plastic Bag Town Meeting sponsored by Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. The meeting is being held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Long Beach Water Treatment Plant.
The City of Long Beach is joining with Heal the Bay to promote Thursday, December 16, as A Day Without a Bag, when Southland shoppers can take advantage of a giveaway of nearly 20,000 reusable bags at more than 50 locations throughout Los Angeles County.
This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a ban on single-use carryout bags at all grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and drug stores located in the County’s unincorporated areas.
The last great San Andreas earthquake shook Southern California 153 years ago and ruptured more than 225 miles of the fault from Central California to the Cajon Pass. Scientists agree that a very large earthquake along this fault is inevitable and will likely be a catastrophic disaster.
Long Beach will join Los Angeles County in the Brag About Your Bag campaign, which starts today, Tuesday, November 10. The goal of Brag About Your Bag is to encourage shoppers and businesses to forego use of single-use bags in favor of reusable bags, and to reduce their reliance on harmful products.