San Francisco retailers unprepared for plastic bag ban
Retailers, consider this your warning.
On Wednesday, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled that all retail shops in San Francisco will no longer be able to give away plastic bags starting Oct. 1. The ordinance is an extension of a 2007 law banning supermarkets and chain store phar tiffany and co macies from providing singl tiffany and co e use, non compostable plastic bags.
Retailers in at least 45 other cities and counties across the state have had to abide by similar laws for some time. And while it has been in place for large grocers, it seems the new rule is catching many of San Francisco’s retailers off guard.
“This law affects every single retailer in the city, big and small, and I have a feeling that the city has not properly announced what is going on,” said Adam Smith, owner of Fog City News. “I haven’t received any letter, memo, etc. from city hall You can’t order a new set of tiffany and co non plastic bags overnight!”
Last week, Smith said he was shocked to learn that he was the first retailer in the city to ask his cash register repairman about reconfiguring his machines in preparation for the ban.
But according to Friday Apaliski, outreach coordinator for the city’s Department of the Environment, the organization mailed letters to every retailer in the city i tiffany and co n June outlining the ordinance. The department also conducted a door to door outreach campaign that reached over 5,000 businesses.
In addition, store owners and managers were invited to several events where they could ask questions and meet manufactures that sell compliant bags. A little over 200 businesses attended.