Plastic Bag Ban

San Francisco has banned large grocery stores from offering their customers plastic bags. The ordinance will go into affect December 1st, but it will not prevent small retail businesses and grocery stores from offering plastic bags.

Large grocery stores will be allowed to use plastic bags that are compostable or paper bags that are made of recycled paper. The compostable bags must be clearly labeled and be disposed of in the city’s green waste bins — not the regular garbage. The city hopes that this ordinance will encourage the use of reusable canvas bags.

City officials estimated that more than 180 million plastic bags are handed out in the city each year, and a majority of them end up on city streets, clog storm drains, harm wildlife, and jam machines used in recycling.

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