As a small Massachusetts town became the first U.S. community to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles Tuesday, even eliminating such packaging from large events continues to elude San Francisco despite years of discussion.
While The City hasn’t been shy about taking on plastic bags or plastic foam food containers, water bottles have thus far managed to avoid its ever-growing ban list. Read More
The plastic bag surcharge is in effect in just about every store in The City — and, for better or worse, we all have suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to thank. Back when he was on the Board of Supervisors, plastic bags, PG&E and brevity were his enemies, although he only pushed through a law banning one of them. As of Oct. 1, stores must charge a dime for any bag they have to provide to customers. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee expressed support on Monday for a proposed fee and extended ban on shopping bags in San Francisco.Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider legislation that would expand the current ban on non-compostable plastic bags at grocery stores and pharmacies to all retail establishments in The City, plus require a 10-cent fee on all single-use bags, including paper. Read More
Shoppers in San Francisco will spend more than $10 million in bag fees next year if the Board of Supervisors approves legislation today imposing a charge on any bags provided to consumers by all businesses, according to the Controller’s Office.
Under a proposal by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, consumers will have to pay a 10-cent fee for every shopping bag provided by grocery stores, restaurants or retail outlets. That amount could increase to 25 cents per bag in July 2014. Read More
Large stores in Daly City could be the first on the Peninsula to stop asking consumers to choose between paper or plastic under a Council member’s proposed new law.
Councilman David Canepa told The San Francisco Examiner that he will propose an ordinance at the Feb. 14 council meeting that would ban plastic bags at supermarkets and other retailers with stores larger than 10,000 square feet. Read More
Extra-liberal Seattle’s rejection of a plastic bag tax should give pause to the coercive utopians who have initiated bag tax proposals around the country.
In Washington, D.C., in spite of a poorly written measure, the City Council recently passed a 5-cent tax per plastic bag. Read More