Some Los Angeles grocery store customers will have to adjust to a lifestyle change come Jan. 1, when a ban on plastic bags takes effect.
As of Wednesday, the thin, seemingly ubiquitous carryalls will be illegal for all large grocers to distribute. Small markets must follow suit in July.
Customers will have to bring their own bags, buy reusable ones or purchase paper bags for 10 cents apiece. When L.A. passed its plastic bag ban in June, it became the nation’s largest city to take this step. Also affected are major retailers that sell groceries, such as Wal-Mart and Target.
On Sunday, few customers at Murakai Market in Little Tokyo were using their own cloth or paper bags. And market baggers, including Nicholas Ogino, still were on an all-plastic regimen.
For the moment, the store offers few alternatives. One stand in the middle of the market sells large reusable bags for about $4 apiece.
But the store will be ready come Wednesday, said manager Steve Elliott. It has posted small placards about the new law at every check stand and at the doors in multiple languages. Marukai also plans to offer reusable bags for sale near all checkout registers.