High Trash Areas Map

Overview

In 2006, the State of California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 2449 (Levine, D-Van Nuys) which requires that certain retail establishments (larger grocery stores and pharmacies) set up at-store recycling programs for plastic carryout bags.

Beginning July 1, 2007, mandated retailers will provide bins for collecting and recycling plastic carryout bags, display educational materials to inform consumers about the program, and offer reusable bags for purchase. At the state level, the Progressive Bag Alliance, California Retailers Association and California Grocers Association have launched a “Bring It Back” public education campaign to help support the statewide recycling program.

To encourage participation among smaller grocers and retailers, The City of Los Angeles has partnered with the Progressive Bag Alliance, Unified Western Grocers, Bureau of Sanitation and the Los Angeles Conservation Corp to implement a pilot voluntary at-store plastic bag recycling program, providing retailers in hot spots along the Los Angeles River with collection bins, signage and material pick-up.

At-store recycling programs complement local curbside programs by offering another method for consumers to have an easily accessible place to recycle plastic bags and will encourage reducing, reusing and recycling of plastic bags.

City of Los Angeles Retailer

If you are a retailer located within the City of Los Angeles and meet the definitions for AB2449, Please read our AB2449 Fact Sheet and take a look at the free City of Los Angeles promotional materials for your store use.

If you are a retailer located within the City of Los Angeles, and do not meet the retailer definitions for AB2449, please read our Voluntary At-Store Recycling Program Fact Sheet and take look at the free City of Los Angeles promotional materials for your store use.


The following stores are participating in the Plastic Bags Recycling Program:

  • ABC Market
  • A Grocery Warehouse
  • Albertsons
  • Big Saver Foods
  • CVS Pharmacies
  • Echo Park Market
  • El Batey #2
  • Franks Market
  • Fresco Market
  • India Sweets & Spices
  • Jons Market
  • Liborio Markets
  • Nature Mart
  • Ralph’s
  • Rite Aid Pharmacies
  • Smart & Final
  • Super A
  • Super King
  • Superior Warehouse
  • Target
  • Whole Foods
  • Vons

If you would like to get a copy of AB2449 legislation, click here.