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San Francisco Seeks To Limit Use Of Plastic Grocery Bags

It's one thing to be on the Left Coast, a.k.a. the land of fruits, nuts, twigs and berries.  It's quite another, however, to be North of the Left Coast.

Quite another thing altogether.

The City and County of San Francisco City/County Supervisors are trying to push through a measure to limit the sale of plastic grocery bags.  Pause for a minute here and contemplate that word:  "limit." 

But before we get started with that analysis, let's look at the consequences of such a "limitation."  It likely means more consumers will be using paper bags.  While that option is friendlier on the recycling end of things, it does mean, on the other hand, that we'll be cutting more trees down.  

The supposed environmentally conscious supervisors explain that result with two options:  recyclable plastic paper bags or canvas bags.  Sure, San Franciscans could all become canvas bag-toting shoppers, but the only way that's going to happen is to completely ban paper and plastic.  And if you offer two types of plastic bags, then the recycling team is going to have a helluva time distinguishing the two, and they'll end up with both in the regular trash instead of being recycled. 

What's most troubling, however, is that word I identified earlier:  "limit."  Notice I didn't say "eliminate" or "ban."  The City/County plans to enact this legislative marvel only against grocery stores with more than $2 million in sales.  In other words, there's a gaping hole of an exception that won't end up keeping plastic bags out of the trash.  The small stores will still be able to use plastic bags.

If you're going to put your toe in the water, why not jump in all the way?  Just get it over with and ban plastic altogether. 

Just don't ask for a plastic milk jug.  If San Francisco has its way, you'll be getting your milk in a paper milk jug.

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