As the the Los Angeles ban on plastic grocery bags expands to smaller markets and grocery stores starting today, the LA Bureau of Sanitation will give away reusable bags at 20 stores throughout the city while supplies last.
Those include (full list):
India Sweets & Spices at 22009 Sherman Way in Canoga Park from 9 until 11 a.m.;
Whole Foods Market at 4520 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in Sherman Oaks from 9 until 11 a.m.;
Sabzee Market at 17461 Ventura Blvd. in Encino from noon until 2 p.m.;
Farmers Ranch Market at 7111 Sepulveda Blvd. in Van Nuys from 9 to 11 a.m.;
De Soto Mini Mart at 9111 De Soto Ave. in Chatsworth from noon until 2 p.m.;
Granada Hills Market at 11116 Balboa Blvd. in Granada Hills from noon until 2 p.m.
The ban went into effect in January for larger supermarkets, drugstores and convenience stores. Smaller shops were given six months to adjust to the new law.
Grocers are no longer allowed to provide free single-use plastic bags and must offer reusable bags for purchase. Stores also must offer recyclable paper bags for 10 cents. Proceeds from this charge will be kept by stores and can only be used to recoup the costs of the bags and comply with the city ban.