L.A. County Approves Plastic Bag Ban

L.A. County Approves Plastic Bag Ban (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES ( KTLA) -- Changes are coming to a store near you. This Friday, July 1, plastic bags will no longer be offered to customers at stores in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

The Los Angles County board of supervisors voted to ban plastic bags in November of last year, in hopes of curbing pollution, saying billions of bags end up polluting neighborhoods and waterways.

Customers who don't bring their own bags to stores will be able to purchase paper bags for 10 cents each.

The plastic bag ban will affect anyone who shops at stores in the county's unincorporated cities, such as Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, Altadena, La Crescenta, Topanga Canyon, Marina del Rey, Baldwin Hills, Athens, Willowbrook, Florence, Rancho Dominguez, Valencia, East Pasadena and East Los Angeles.

Approximately 1.1 million people in the county live in the unincorporated areas.

Critics of the ban say they're concerned that jobs will be lost and low-income families will struggle with fees for paper and reusable bags.