Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky have expressed their support for an ordinance that would ban plastic bags in unincorporated areas of the county, including Marina del Rey.

The two supervisors met on the steps of the Hall of Administration July 21 to accept an 1,800-signature petition from Environment California encouraging the Board of Supervisors to back the plastic bag ban.

The Board of Supervisors has been engaged in policy discussions on how to reduce plastic bag litter since 2008. At its June 1 meeting, the board approved a motion by Ridley-Thomas and co-authored by Yaroslavsky, to support Assembly Bill 1998, which would ban plastic bags and require stores to sell paper bags with 40 percent recycled content at or above cost throughout the state.

The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Aug. 2. Its passage would result in the ban of plastic bags statewide and would require stores to sell paper bags at or above cost, a spokesman for Ridley-Thomas said.

At the July 21 event, Ridley-Thomas described how the impact of strewn plastic bags on roadways, freeways and oceans creates danger and impedes opportunities for economic development.

“Plastic bags comprise as much as 25 percent of the litter stream, significantly impacting our communities and the environment. L.A. County spends over $18 million annually to address this blight,” Ridley-Thomas said.

“The county must avail itself of all available options to address this pervasive environmental hazard. We must move forth with due diligence to ban plastic bags in the unincorporated areas of the county, and work with the state Legislature to strongly support AB 1998.”

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