Beverly Hills News – City's Phase One of the Plastic Bag Ban Started July 1
Posted Tuesday July 8, 2014 2:50 pm
By Connor Moldo
On April 22, 2014, The Beverly Hills Council unanimously voted to ban the use of single use plastic bags. This plan, which was implemented on July 1st, is only the first phase of the two step process. As the city of Beverly Hills looks to go green, citizens will be required to pay a penalty of 10 cents for every paper bag that they buy, unless customers come prepared with reusable bags. This phase of the plan will only affect the larger businesses such as Whole Foods, Rite Aid, CVS, etc.
The goal of this plastic bag ban is intended to benefit the environment, and motivate citizens to recycle. Plastic bags are very harmful to the environment, and they are the second leading ocean refuse behind cigarette buds. In order to attract citizens to think green, the city has devised a plan to distribute one reusable grocery bag to each citizen of Beverly Hills. Residents can pick up a bag from July 7 to July 11 at the Public Works Building, 345 N. Foothill Rd., between the hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
On January 1, 2015, phase two, whch bans plastic bags at convienance stores, small grocery stores, food markets, and pharmicies will be placed into effect.