The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a measure
that would require grocery stores with annual sales of at
least $2 million to provide customers with grocery bags made
of recyclable paper, plastic that can be turned into compost,
or sturdy cloth or plastic that can be reused. Supervisor
Ross Mirkarimi, who wrote the measure says, "By doing
so, we will save millions of dollars for city coffers and
for our refuse rate payers." Supervisors also note the
reduction of fossil fuels needed to make plastic bags, litter
in the streets, and refuse that chokes wildlife. If the measure
passes, it will be implemented in as short as six months and
will likely create a domino effect for other municipalities
around the U.S.
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