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LOS ANGELES ( — Angelenos will soon have to bring their own bag to their favorite supermarket – and local officials want to make sure everyone’s ready for the transition.
Starting Jan. 1, the city’s ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags will take effect, requiring residents to start using reusable bags.
In June, Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to enact such a ban, joining similar measures in Long Beach, Pasadena, West Hollywood and other major Southland cities.
In an effort to prepare residents, local leaders are partnering with food retailers – as part of the city’s Bring your Own Bag campaign – to help Angelenos make the transition to reusable bags.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge will be a “Special Guest Bagger” Tuesday at the Pavilions store on Melrose and will be distributing free reusable bags to customers.
Vons and Pavilions stores across the city are distributing free reusable bags through Jan. 11 or while supplies last.
Placards are also on display in stores to inform customers of the impending ban and remind them to bring reusable bags when they shop.
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