L.A. Plastic Grocery Bag Ban to Take Effect Jan. 1

A ban on plastic grocery bags is scheduled to go into effect in Los Angeles on Jan. 1.

L.A. City Council Tentatively Approves Ban on Plastic Bags

Bags like the ones seen in this file photo will be banned in Los Angeles starting Jan. 1. (Credit: KTLA)

Beginning Wednesday, customers will have to bring reusable bags to carry their groceries or purchase paper bags for 10 cents each.

The ban would only affect large markets, and retailers that sell groceries such as Wal-Mart and Target, according to the Los Angeles Times. Smaller markets would have until July 1 to phase out the bags.

Businesses that violate the new law would be penalized with fines, beginning at $100 after the first violation, $200 after the second and $500 dollars after the third, the Times reported. Additional fines would be imposed for each day the store does not comply.

Plastic bags have been banned in a number of surrounding cities, including Santa Monica and West Hollywood.