DALY CITY (KCBS) – Daly City could become the latest Bay Area community to ban plastic bags at large stores if a city councilman’s proposal is approved. 

Supporters of plastic bags, meanwhile, said they would file suit unless there’s a full study on the potential impacts of such a ban.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Daly City councilman David Canepa’s proposal would ban plastic bags at stores that are larger than 10,000 sq. ft.  He planned to introduce his bag ban proposal on Feb. 14.

Canepa has indicated he is also considering a 10-cent fee for paper bags. He was thinking about asking other Peninsula cities to share the cost of an environmental impact report on plastic bags for the region.

Canepa suggested it wasn’t uncommon to see plastic bags littering streets and in storm water drains.

“Taxpayers should not be responsible for paying for the cleanup of plastic bags, nor should the environment suffer,” he declared. “Those plastic bags which people use, they get caught in our storm water drains and then filter out into the Pacific Ocean.”

Save the Plastic Bag Coalition attorney Stephen Joseph countered that Daly City needed to do an environmental impact report before any potential ban. He pointed to San Francisco, which didn’t do a study and is now paying the price.

“No fee was put on paper bags because there had been no study of the issue. And now San Francisco has become the paper bag capitol of America, which is terrible for the environment,” he countered. “So the question is, are paper bags better for the environment than the plastic bags or are they worse for the environment? And the answer is they’re worse for the environment.”

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Comments (7)
  1. Ban Plastics says:

    Yes, yes, and YES!!

    I actually work at a large retail store in Daly City, and the amount of plastic bags we go through is ridiculous. Why can’t people just bring their own reusable bags? When you think about it, plastic bags are barely necessary. People — especially in Daly City — barely walk to get to a destination anymore. They drive to a store, get a shopping cart, put all the things they want to purchase in it, go pay for it, bring it outside in the same cart, put it all right into their car, and drive home. Why the hell do you need a plastic bag to carry a few items just a FEW FEET into your house? I would understand the need for plastic bags if people had to carry things over long distances, but that’s just not the case for the majority of today’s lazy-ass people!

    A ban on giving out bags — plastic AND paper — at large retailers would be ideal. Large retailers are more likely to draw shoppers that commute by car, making plastic bags totally unnecessary. Forcing people to bring their own bags would cut down on pollution in a big way. It may seem like a small step, but even the smallest things have the biggest impact toward having a greener future.

  2. Project GreenBag says:

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  3. sdfsd says:

    Who is the “Save the Plastic Bag Coalition”? Is this Exxon? I would think that a reporter should try to understand this before printing a statement from such an organization.

  4. ProjectGreenBag says:

    Project GreenBag is the most sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags: 100% organic cotton, biodegradable, made in San Francisco California.

    1. ProjectGreenBag says:

      Thumbs up!

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