San Francisco Sued Over Plastic Bag Ban

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco is being sued over its recently expanded ban on plastic bags.

Earlier this month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to expand the city’s ban on plastic bags at grocery markets and pharmacies to include all stores and restaurants.

But the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition is arguing that the ordinance violates state law.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

“The California Retail Food Code preempts and prohibits cities and counties from taking these matters into their own hands,” said the group’s attorney, Stephen Joseph.

He said an Environmental Impact Report for the ordinance was never done and it only charges people 10 cents for paper bags, which are far worse for the environment.

“It was originally going to be 25 cents. 10 cents is a very small amount and it won’t deter many people from taking paper bags,” he said.

Save the Plastic Bag Coalition managed to overturn a similar restaurant bag law in Santa Cruz County.

But supporters of the San Francisco ban argue that plastic bags are a nuisance and clog up landfills.

A spokesman for the city attorney said that he’s aware of the lawsuit but it’s premature to comment.

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  • matt baume

    Paper bags are “far worse for the environment” than plastic bags? Citation needed.

  • D Wright

    I don’t get it. How are paper bags worse for the environment than plastic ones? Are the paper ones made in China by child convicts, and somehow infused with heavy metals?

  • ML

    If there was a bin in each store that people could put their canvas bags in for those of us who forget to bring our bags (and bring the lot next time around) we would not need either. I suspect that there is some big corporation sponsoring the pro bag agenda. Don’t be bought out people — we don’t need to wait to start a new trend.

  • Lee1

    Plastic bags are nuisance. They stay in landfills for an extremely long time. Paper bags will disintegrate quickly. They are reusable for carrying recycling, what dry trash we might have, dry composting ie: milk cartons, paper towels, reused when shopping. They can be recycled just as they are. Charging for them is ridiculous as there are many uses for them. Canvas bags are good for only one thing-carrying groceries. They get quite dirty quickly and must be washed often.

  • JaneQPublic

    Somehow ‘Save the Plastic Bag’ just inspire ANY empathy in me at all. I just can’t consider them an ‘endanged species’ worth ‘saving’ when they cause so much environmental damage. The only people behind this lawsuit are those who make big $$ from polluting our planet with their product.

    I hope the FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT gets tossed out – FAST!

  • JaneQPublic

    typo correction – should read ” …just DOES NOT inspire any empathy….!

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