Plastic bag ban
A dozen San Mateo County cities celebrated Earth Day on Monday by implementing plastic bag bans.
Starting January 1, 2013, grocery stores and many other retailers in Alameda County will no longer provide single-use plastic carryout bags at checkout.
Santa Cruz was set to be among the first counties in the state to ban restaurants from using plastic bags for to-go food.
A judge upheld a law that is scheduled to go into effect next month that would extend San Francisco’s ban on the use of plastic bags in retail establishments, according to the city attorney’s office.
San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags is being challenged in court on the grounds that the city needed to examine the environmental impacts of imposing such a ban, according to a lawsuit filed this week.
San Francisco is being sued over its recently expanded ban on plastic bags.
The equivalent of 100,000 kitchen trash bags full of garbage flows into the San Francisco Bay from storm drains every year, according to a study released Thursday.
A proposal to institute a fee for each paper bag provided at a store in San Francisco and also expand the city’s ban on plastic bags was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider legislation to force merchants to charge for shopping bags, and to ban plastic bags at all stores in the city.
On January 1st, one of the toughest plastic bag bans in the country went into effect in San Jose. While some shoppers are complaining about the new rules, others see a business opportunity.