Jan 30 - SF Stores Use 7.6 Million Fewer Plastic Bags

On Monday, the California Grocers Association announced that thirty-two supermarkets in San Francisco used 7.6 million fewer bags in 2006 than the year before. The announcement of the numbers comes after local SF officials became upset with grocery stores for failing to comply with a 2005 agreement to cut plastic bag use in the city. Read more about this in a previous Recycling News item.

The city also plans to continue with efforts to require that plastic bags be compostable to help in long term sustainable practices. Heather Knight of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Thirty-two supermarkets in San Francisco used 7.6 million fewer plastic grocery bags in 2006 than they did the year before, according to figures released Monday by the California Grocers Association.

City Hall and the supermarkets agreed in 2005 to attempt to reduce the number of plastic bags used by 10 million in 2006. The bags are blamed for killing marine life, gumming up recycling machines and taking up too much space in landfills.

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What You Can Do

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