April 5th, 2007

golden gate bridge

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On March 27th, 2007 the Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor Mirkarimi's Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance. The new law prohibits the distribution of plastic shopping bags by large grocery stores and pharmacies. Beginning in six months, grocery stores will be required to use either compostable bags made from vegetable-based materials or recyclable paper bags. Pharmacies will have one year to comply. The ordinance passed in a 10-1 vote, and Mayor Newsom has declared his support.

While supplies last, the Department of the Environment is offering free reusable canvas bags for grocery shopping. Each reusable shopping bag has the potential to eliminate hundreds, if not thousands, of plastic bags over its lifetime. Bags are available at the Department of the Environment office located at 11 Grove Street.