San Francisco Moves To Ban Plastic Bags
San Francisco city leaders approved a ban on plastic grocery bags after weeks of lobbying on both sides from environmentalists and a supermarket trade group. tiffany and co city to adopt such a rule.
The law, passed by a 10 1 vote, requires large markets and drug tiffany and co stores to give customers only a choice among bags made of paper that can be recycled, plastic that breaks down easily enough to be made into compost, or reusable cloth.
Major grocery stores, with annual retail sales of $2 million or more have until October to switch to something that dissolves more easily, reports Manuel Ramos of CBS station KPIX. Large pharmacies have until next year.
“I think it’s good. I think the environment needs to get greener,” said shopper Heidi Bass.
“You see them flying around all the time on the streets,” added shopper Lexi Kent Monning.
San Francisco su tiffany and co pervisors and supporters said that by banning the petroleum based sacks, blamed for littering streets and choking marine life, the measure would go a long way toward helping the city earn its green stripes.
“Hopefully, other cities and states will follow suit, just like many other countries have done and cities in other countries,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who crafted the ban after trying to get a 15 cent per bag tax passed in 2005. “They’ve either banned plastic bags altogether, levied a very high fee or have sought an alternative like a biodegradable bag.”
San Francisco officials estimate up to 200 million of these plastic bags are used each year, reports CBS News correspondent Steve Futterman.
The 50 grocery stores that would be most affected by the law argued that the ban was not reasonable because plastic bags made of corn byproducts are a relatively new, expensive and untested product. Some said they might offer only paper bags at checkout.
“I think what grocers will do now that this has passed is, they will review all their options and decide what they think works best for them economically,” said David Heylen, a spokesman for the California Grocers Association.
Newsom supported the measure.
Craig Noble, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said it tiffany and co would be disappointing if grocers rejected the biodegradable plastic bag option, since more trees would have to be cut down if paper bag use increases.