San Francisco plastic bag ban ruled valid by judge


Superior Court Judge Teri Jackson has rejected arguments from plastic bag manufacturers and upheld a San Francisco ordinance that would ban plastic bags in retail locations and food establishments in the city.

Businesses will be required to charge a 10-cent fee for paper or compostable plastic bags they provide to customers.

The ruling came as a result of a lawsuit filed by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, which claimed that the city had banned plastic bags without conducting an environmental review.

Save the Plastic Bag Coalition attorney Stephen Joseph told PlasticsToday they are confident that this ruling will be overturned on appeal.

The ordinance is expanding a 2007 law that banned supermarkets and chain store pharmacies from providing single-use plastic bags. This ban was the first of its kind in the nation....
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