Beverly Hills, California, Earth Day, April 22, 2014 (PBBR) - The City Council of Beverly Hills voted unanimously on Earth Day to ban plastic bags. The ordinance states that no store shall provide a plastic carryout bag for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale.
Set to take effect July 1st of this year, the ordinance does not apply to produce bags or product bags.
The ordinance requires that all stores provide, or make available, to a customer only recyclable paper carryout bags or reusable bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. The ordinance imposes a ten cents fee on each recyclable paper bag supplied to a customer.
With a population of approximately 34,000, Beverly Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, is located in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County banned plastic bags in November of 2010 and the city of Los Angeles banned plastic bags in 2013.
The Beverly Hills Plastic Bag Ban has been added to the List of Bans.
Cover photo: Beverly Hills Post Office. Credit: Gary Minnaert. Released into public domain.