San Francisco – Plastic Bags Begone!

Posted by — February 8, 2012 6:15 am

Photo courtesy of NY Times

In a bold move, the San Francisco City Board of Supervisors unanimously voted yesterday (February 7) to expand the existing ban on single-use shopping bags  The existing ban affects large grocery and and chain-pharmacy stores and has been in effect since 2007.  San Francisco was the first major city in the United States to pass such an ordinance.


Starting in October, however, the ban on those pesky, flighty single-use bags will include restaurants and  gift shops, hardware stores, boutiques and other retailers.  Shoppers who forget their reusable bags when shopping will be able to purchase paper bags with a 40% recycled content, for 10 cents.  Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, “The intent was never to nickel or dime anybody.  But if it takes 10 cents to remind somebody that their habits are in their control, I think that’s something we’re willing to consider doing.”
Plastic bags still will be allowed for certain goods, such as fresh meats, fish and chicken,, home-delivered newspapers and fresh flowers, and the 10-cent fee won’t be imposed on bags that hold bulk food and nails and the like, or large or oddly shaped objects that a normal tote bag can’t hold.
Congratulations to the Board of Supes, all the hard working visionaries who sheparded the proposal through the legislative process, and the City of San Francisco!
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