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Fri May 25, 2012, 03:47 AM

Los Angeles to become largest US city banning plastic bags

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to move forward with a controversial ban on single-use plastic grocery bags a move designed to reduce landfill waste and debris in local waterways.

The vote was greeted by supporters as a major step for the environment, while critics say it's an example of regulatory overreach that will limit consumer choices and cost jobs.

Los Angeles will become the largest city in the United States to impose a plastic-bag ban, with some 7,500 affected stores and nearly 4 million residents. The city council vote, which took place Wednesday, sets in motion a months-long process including an environmental review, enactment of an ordinance, and a phase-in period that affects larger stores first, according to news reports.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2012/0524/Los-Angeles-to-become-largest-US-city-banning-plastic-bags

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