Single-use plastic bags will be banned at grocery stores, pharmacies and other shops in unincorporated Los Angeles County areas under an ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors.

The ban is aimed at reducing by 50 percent the number of plastic bags that wind up in landfills, as well as in river beds and other areas. The ordinance, which will come back for a final vote when exact language is finalized, was approved on a 3-1 vote, with Supervisor Mike Antonovich dissenting.

Under the county ordinance, grocery stores and other retail outlets will be banned from using the bags. The ban will begin in some stores July 1 and be expanded to every store as defined in the ordinance on Jan. 1, 2012. The ordinance will not apply to restaurant carry out or food trucks. Stores will still be allowed to offer customers recyclable paper bags, but there will be a 10 cent charge per bag.

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