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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles' ban on plastic grocery bags will expand to smaller grocery stores starting today.

The single-use plastic bag ban went into effect in January for thousands of supermarkets, drugstores and convenience stores such as Ralphs and Vons; CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens and 7-Eleven.

Smaller shops were given six more months to adjust to the new law.

Starting today, the ban will also apply to about 5,000 shops with less than 10,000 square feet of retail space or that gross less than $2 million annually in sales.

These stores, including liquor stores, usually carry a limited selection of grocery products such as milk, bread, soda, snack foods and dry goods.Paper bags are still available at grocery stores large and small, but cost 10 cents each.

Proceeds from this charge will be kept by stores and can only be used to recoup the costs of the bags and comply with the city ban.

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