The City of Long Beach recently announced its decision to discuss a plastic bag ban at the next City Council meeting on December 7. This announcement was made by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal.
According to Lowenthal, the City of Long Beach spends $20 million annually to clean up its plastic bag litter. Lowenthal had testified at the Los Angeles County hearing for its proposed bag ban on November 16, spoke during a recent Great Garbage Patch Event on the TED website, and was in attendance at a press event in Sacramento for plastic bag bans last Monday.
The proposed ordinance is similar to the recently passed LA County ban and also charges customers 10 cents to purchase a paper bag if they forget to bring their own.
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