Thursday, April 10, 2008

San Francisco Nears Ban on Plastic Grocery Bags : NPR

San Francisco Nears Ban on Plastic Grocery Bags : NPR: "San Francisco may be on the verge of becoming the first city in the country to ban plastic shopping bags because they're bad for the environment.

Some experts say the bags are one of the biggest sources of pollution in the city. By some estimates, San Francisco markets generate $200 million of them every year."

FJR: One of the interesting segments of this report is a new product that folds down to a wallet-sized reuseable shopping bag. If we got in the habit of having our own shopping bags on us, we could seriously slow down the unsightly plastic bags all over our communities. A ban a plasic bag sets a level playing field, though I'm not a fan of bans. But, without a plastic bag ban is there any chance of us curbing the proliferation of plastic bags? Could Rochester be the next city that bans plastic bags?

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