More Cities Take Aim at Plastic Bags
Communities Aim to Build on San Francisco Ban, but Some Businesses Object; a Fee for Paper Sacks, Too
|Peter Earl McCollough for The Wall Street Journal|
By VAUHINI VARA
The move to outlaw plastic shopping bags is spreading from San Francisco to other Bay Area communities, but the latest measures are rankling some shopkeepers and plastic manufacturers who say the bans go too far.
When San Francisco banned single-use plastic bags from big grocery stores in 2007, some dismissed the move as just another idiosyncrasy of the famously progressive city. Now, a number of neighboring local governments, including San Jose and Sunnyvale, are approving or considering bans of their own. The idea is to keep plastic bags from littering streets, jamming trash-processing machines and swimming in San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco ban has lowered plastic-bag waste in the city by 15% to 20%, according to the city's trash and recycling contractor.
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