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Los Angeles moves toward banning plastic grocery bags

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Plastic bags will be phased out of grocery stores in Los Angeles. (KTLA)

Los Angeles is on the verge of becoming the first major city to eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags.

The City Council voted 11-1 in favor of the ban, but final approval of the eco-friendly policy will have to wait for a second council vote next week, but is expected to pass.

The proposal goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 for large stores that earn more than $2 million a year or are housed in retail space covering more than 10,000 square feet. Smaller stores that carry a limited assortment of groceries and alcohol have to comply starting on July 1.

Shoppers would also have to either supply their own reusable bags or purchase them for 10 cents each.

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