Friday, March 16, 2007

USA - San Francisco may ban plastic bags

Paper or plastic won't mean the same for shoppers in San Francisco if some city supervisors get their way.

Associated Press reports that a proposal up for consideration next week would prohibit large grocers from using regular plastic bags. Supporters say the bags eat up fossil fuels, litter the streets and choke wildlife.

The measure would require grocery stores to offer only bags made of recyclable paper, plastic that can be turned into compost or sturdy cloth or plastic that can be reused.

The proposed ban has the support of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. But it's opposed by the California Grocers Association as potentially doing more damage to the environment. President Peter Larkin says confused consumers would wind up mixing biodegradable bags with regular plastic bags in recycling bins, thereby contaminating recycled plastic.

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