The City of Santa Monica, California, USA has passed an ordinance to stop retailers from providing free single-use carry-out bags at the point of purchase, plastic or paper.
The Santa Monica City council, at its regular meeting on January 25, voted unanimously to approve the ordinance. Santa Monica is located in the western part of Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles County passed their own plastic bag ban on November 16, 2010. Read the details of 'LA County's Plastic Bag Ban'.
Santa Monica Municipal Code
Adding a chapter to the Santa Monica Municipal Code, there is a section titled 'Prohibitions'. This section states specifically what is prohibited.
(a) No Retail Establishment in the City shall provide a Single-Use Plastic Carry Out Bag to a customer unless otherwise permitted pursuant to Section 5.45.040.
(b) No Grocery Store or Pharmacy in the City shall provide any type of bag to a customer at the point of sale except a Reusable Bag or a Recycled Paper Bag unless otherwise permitted pursuant to Section 5.45.040.
(c) No person shall distribute a Single-Use Plastic Carry Out Bag at any City Facility, City-managed concession, City sponsored event, or City permitted event unless otherwise permitted pursuant to Section 5.45.040.
(d) No person shall distribute a Single Use Plastic Carry Out Bag or any paper bag at the Santa Monica Farmers Markets, except eight pound or smaller Recycled Paper Bags for mushrooms may be distributed free of charge.
Ordinance Information Resource
The Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE) has more information about the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance at their website.