Just Say NO! to Plastic Bags, NoHo

NoHo says NO!! to plastic bags

Plastic Bag Ban phase 2 www.nohoartsdistrict.com

Hopefully we here in the NoHo Arts District have all become accustomed to the No Plastic Bag law that went into effect January 1, 2014. Well, phase 2 of the plastic bag ban goes into effect on July 1. What’s phase 2? Our friends over at the L.A. Sanitation Department have given us a breakdown of the plastic bag ban.

Phase 2 Stores affected July 1: Small grocery stores and markets, small pharmacies, convenience stores selling milk/bread/soda/snacks (7-11, Arco ampm, etc.), liquor stores Stores not affected: Restaurants, dry cleaners, retail stores that don’t sell groceries (toy stores, clothing stores, hardware stores, etc.)

So what is the plastic bag ban exactly?

Stores may no longer use single-use plastic bags (pharmacy and produce bags are exceptions)
Stores must charge a $0.10 fee for each recyclable paper bag used
Stores must offer reusable bags free or at a cost to shoppers
Stores must provide free recyclable paper bags or free reusable bags to participants of California special programs (WIC, SNAP, EBT)
Stores must provide a quarterly report to the City with the number of recyclable paper bags provided to customers, the amount collected from paper bag charges, and the efforts taken to promote the ordinance
Stores affected January 1:
All large stores with gross annual sales of over $2 million a year or with at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that generate sales or use tax and have a licensed pharmacy (includes large grocery stores like Vons, Ralphs, Food-4-Less, etc., large pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, etc., large retail stores selling groceries like Target, Walmart, etc.) Note

A press conference will be held on the South Lawn of City Hall on June 30 at 9:30am, where the winner of the Mayor’s reusable bag design contest will be announced.

Plastic Bag Ban phase 2 www.nohoartsdistrict.com

On July 1, 2014 certain markets will giveaway free reusable bags. These are just some of the local stores participating:

Olive Fresh Garden Market Time: 9 to 11 AM or until supplies last
12521 Oxnard St., North Hollywood, CA 91606

Whole Foods Market Time: 9 to 11 AM or until supplies last
4520 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Sabzee Market Time: 12 to 2 PM or until supplies last
17461 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316

7-Eleven Time: 12 to 2 PM or until supplies last
8416 Lankershim Blvd., Sun valley, CA 91352

Farmers Ranch Market Time: 9 to 11 AM or until supplies last
7111 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91405

7-Eleven Time: 12 to 2 PM or until supplies last
8724 Foothill Blvd., Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040

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Lisa Bianconi
Author: Lisa Bianconi

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