May 18 - Update: Long Beach Passes Bag Ban

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Kudos to the City of Long Beach, which unanimously passed a single-use bag ordinance yesterday with a 5-0 vote. The ordinance, similar to the Los Angeles County ban passed last year, bans single-use plastic bags and places a minimum 10 cent requirement per recyclable paper bag.

The ban goes into effect for larger stores starting in August of this year and expands to all other affected retailers in 2012.

Read more here in the Long Beach Post. In addition to the City of Long Beach, 13 other local governments have passed ordinances regarding single-use bags, 12 of which ban the distribution of plastic bags.

Additional update: In other plastic prevention news, the City of Half Moon Bay voted to ban styrofoam takeout containers yesterday as well. Read more about the vote here.

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