SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As the implementation of the Los Angeles County's mandated plastic bag ban goes into effect, California Grocers Association President Ronald Fong is reminding shoppers in that area to bring their reusable bags on their next shopping trip.
As of July 1, most supermarkets and pharmacies in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and in the city of Calabasas no longer provide plastic carryout bags at checkout. By January 2012, the ban will include more than 1,000 smaller stores. Customers may purchase paper carryout bags for 10-cents. Grocers will also be mandated to sell reusable bags.
“Our experience has been that many shoppers have the best intentions of using reusable bags but typically forget to bring them when shopping,” Fong said in a statement.
Customers are also encouraged to be patient as both consumers and retailers become accustomed to the new mandated ordinance. “The phrase ‘paper or plastic’ has been a part of our industry’s vocabulary for nearly 30 years,” Fong said. “This change will require patience on both sides of the checkstand.”