While Santa Monica's has been in effect since March 3, enforcement of the ban began Sept. 1. Also on that day, businesses started charging consumers at least 10 cents per paper bag.
There are some exceptions. Restaurants can still provide plastic bags for certain types of take-home food, due to health concerns. Also, you can still acquire and use plastic bags in the produce sections of grocery stores.
Santa Monicans are in the process of transitioning to the new guidelines. Many are learning for the first time how to live without single-use bags, especially plastic ones.
We at Santa Monica Patch want to know: How are you adjusting to the plastic-bag ban and paper-bag fee? We encourage you to participate in our first-ever poll. Of course, you're also welcome to leave comments in the box below.