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LA moves closer to banning plastic, paper bags

The city of Los Angeles is a step closer to banning plastic and paper bags at large grocery and retail stores.

October 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Los Angeles is a step closer to banning plastic and paper bags at large grocery and retail stores.

The Board of Public Works voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of the ban.

Opponents argue the bags are often recycled, but the state reports less than 5 percent of plastic and less than 20 percent of paper bags are in fact recycled.

Supporters say the plastic bags in particular are a major source of pollution in city waterways and the ocean.

The proposal must still be approved by the City Council and mayor.


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