Plastic Bag Ban Begins Monday

A Mission Local reporter carries a reusable bag. The San Francisco plastic bag ban goes into effect October 1.

A Mission Local reporter carries a reusable bag. The San Francisco plastic bag ban goes into effect October 1.

Don’t forget to take your reusable bags with you to the grocery store and other large retailers on Monday morning, when a citywide plastic bag ban takes effect.

The ban, which passed in February, extends a previous law banning plastic bags in large grocery stores and chain pharmacies to all retailers; next October, restaurants will be included. The ban also levies a 10-cent fee if you request a bag at checkout.

San Francisco isn’t the only city imposing bans and fees on plastic bags. According to the New York Times, more than two dozen California cities have banned them.

According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s Department of the Environment will help alleviate the cost of purchasing reusable bags by hosting more than 50 events across the city to distribute free reusable bags during October and November.

Mission Local interviewed local business owners about the ban and their responses were split — some are in favor of the ban while others believe it could hurt their business. Read our article here. How do you feel?

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