LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — A plastic bag ban is now in effect in Laguna Beach, making it the first city in Orange County to enact such a law.
The ordinance bans the distribution of single-use plastic bags at supermarkets and other retail outlets.
However, it does not apply to plastic produce bags used to carry fruits, vegetables and meats.
Stores are allowed to provide recycled paper bags to customers at a cost of 10 cents per bag.
The stores will keep the funds generated as “an incentive to encourage shoppers to use reusable bags,” the city says on its website.
Nearby Dana Point has passed a similar law, which is set to take effect this April.
Other Southland cities including Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, West Hollywood and Long Beach have adopted similar measures over the past year.