Glendale City Council Passes Plastic Bag Ban 5-0
On Tuesday, January 15th the Glendale City Council voted to ban the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and other retailers starting next year, joining a growing number of communities around the state. In addition to banning single-use plastic bags, the Council also voted to enact a 10-cent fee for each paper bag requested, as a way to encourage shoppers to use reusable shopping bags and totes.
Going into effect January 1, 2014, the ordinance would apply only to grocery stores, large pharmacies, and most convenience stores. Others that will be banned from offering single-use plastic shopping bags are farmers markets, city-sponsored events or any event held on city property.
The Glendale ordinance is modeled after the the Los Angeles County ban for unincorporated areas of Los Angeles that took effect in 2011. Similar bans have been approved in the city of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Pasadena, among others The Northern California city of Cupertino also approved a bag ban on Tuesday.