Parts of Los Angeles County Ban Plastic Bags

By Noaki Schwartz | November 16, 2010 | 4:39 PM EST

(AP) - Parts of Los Angeles County have joined other California communities in banning stores from using single-use plastic bags.

County supervisors approved the measure Tuesday in hopes of preventing billions of bags from polluting neighborhoods and waterways.

The ban would apply to unincorporated parts of the county where an estimated 1.1 million people live. It does not include Los Angeles and other cities in the county.

The ordinance bans stores from giving customers single-use plastic bags and would require them to charge 10 cents for each paper bag. It goes into effect next year.

Malibu, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Fairfax have also enacted such bans.