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San Francisco goes bigger with plastic bag ban

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You won't be seeing these around S.F. much come October.

Plastic bags, man. Seemingly so innocuous, but what once seemed like a convenience have become like our version of Star Trek's “Tribbles,” those cute, fuzzy-ball creatures that reproduced at such an insane rate they threatened to engulf all of the Enterprise.

The city of San Francisco has had enough. With the full support of Mayor Ed Lee, the S.F. Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new ban on the use of plastic bags in any retail establishment. The rule broadens San Francisco’s previous decision that outlawed big supermarkets and chain pharmacies from using the offending satchels, and would go into effect in October.

The ruling also states that stores charge 10 cents for any bag (paper or plastic) they give customers to use, and pocket the revenue.

There are some exceptions to the rule, including for dry cleaners, the use of fish and my favorite, bulk candy.

While San Francisco had been the America’s first city to rule against the use of plastic bags back in 2007, other locales have gone on to pass even stricter bag bans.

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