San Francisco Wants to Get Tougher on Plastic Bags

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010  |  Updated 2:30 PM PDT
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San Francisco Wants to Get Tougher on Plastic Bags

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The City wants to get even tougher on plastic bags.

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Banning plastic bags isn't green enough for the City.

Now San Francisco supervisors wants to close a loophole they say some stores are using to skirt through the plastic bag ban.City officials are mulling over a resolution that would add thicker so-called reusable plastic bags.

In 2007 San Francisco became the first major city in the country to ban the use of plastic bags at large supermarkets and pharmacies. The City's approach has since been studied and copied by other cities.

The reusable tag helps the stores fall in compliance with the letter of the law but maybe not the intent.

The new resolution would require stores avoid using plastic bags of any thickness, while requiring the City to figure out how to enforce the updated ban.

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