Glendale considers ban on plastic bags

Sinne Andersen of North Hollywood carries her grocery bags after shopping at Ralphs in Burbank on Thursday, August 11, 2011. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer)

The city of Glendale is considering a ban on plastic bags similar to ordinances adopted in Los Angeles County and several cities throughout the state.

The City Council on Tuesday will determine whether to pursue a law similar to the one that recently went into effect for unincorporated areas of L.A. County. That law, which will affect more than 2,000 stores by January 2012, bans plastic bags and requires retailers to levy a 10-cent surcharge per paper bag.
Other cities, such as Pasadena, have already started drafting their own bans to be in lockstep with the county. Burbank officials have indicated that they may follow their lead.

“The negative impact to the environment as a result of these bags motivates us to ban plastic bags,” said Public Works Director Steve Zurn, adding that officials envision a rule that prevents all retailers, from grocery to drugstores, from using plastic bags.

via Glendale News-Press

Oct 2011