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No More Plastic Bags For Santa Monica

Santa Monica isn't the first city to ban plastic bags -- San Francisco and Mexico City are also bag-free.

Plastic Bag

Photo: Regan Walsh (flickr)

In a UC San Diego study, nearly one in ten fish found in the Pacific Ocean had ingested plastic.

Paper or plastic? Neither if you shop in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica’s city council voted to ban plastic bags from stores and restricted their use in an effort to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

The ban went into effect in March but wasn’t enforced until last Thursday, September 1.

Less than five percent of plastic bag users recycle their bags, which means all that plastic ends up in landfills or worse — in the ocean.

Businesses who break the ban face a fine of $250 dollars or up to $1000 if charged with a misdemeanor.

Paper bags are still an option, but they cost 10 cents each.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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