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Pasadena In Focus
May - June 2012

Stock Up On Reusable Grocery Bags

You see them everywhere, tangled in trees, blowing down streets, stuck in storm drains and littering the beach. But the days are numbered for single-use carry-out plastic grocery bags in Pasadena, as the city joins many other California cities and Los Angeles County in banning them.
The ban will be phased in starting this summer.

Starting in July 2012, you’ll no longer receive plastic carry-out bags at major grocery stores, bigger food marts and drugstores.
As of Dec. 31, 2012, the ban will affect smaller grocery stores, food markets, liquor stores, convenience stores, farmers markets, drugstores, pharmacies and vendors at city-sponsored events. (Restaurants and fast-food places are exempt.) Instead, stores will charge you 10 cents for each recyclable paper bag they provide.

A better idea is to stock up now on a set of sturdy reusable bags to stash in your car or to carry with you – they’ll pay for themselves in no time!

Together we can help reduce the harmful effects of plastic bags on the environment and take a giant step toward Pasadena’s goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2040. For more details, call the Planning Department at 626-744-4009.