The City of Long Beach, California, USA passed a plastic bag ban ordinance in May of this year. The first phase of that ordinance starts August 1st.
The City decided back in December, 2010 to ban plastic bags but the ordinance wasn't completed at that time. See Long Beach, CA Bans Plastic Bags.
The ordinance bans the distribution of plastic bags by retailers. Furthermore, if a customer decides to get a paper bag, there will be a ten cent charge for the paper bag.
The first phase of the ordinance starting August 1st only affects large retailers. Small retailers and farmer's markets will have until January 1, 2012 before they must comply.
According to a press release by the City of Long Beach, the purpose of the ordinance adopted by Long Beach City Council is to:
For more information, read the full press release.
To read the actual text of the ordinance, see Long Beach Plastic Bag Ordinance.
Photo: "Long Beach at Night". Credit Jon Sullivan at pdphoto.org