- San Francisco Residents and Shoppers
- United States of America
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is currently considering the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance, File #070085. The Ordinance will require supermarkets in San Francisco to use compostable plastic or paper checkout bags instead of petroleum-based, non-biodegradable plastic bags.
The ordinance affects supermarkets with more than $2 million in gross receipts, which will include approximately the fifty-four largest markets in the City, such as Safeway, Albertsons, Andronico's, Cala Foods, CalMart, Bell Markets, and Mollie Stone's.
The San Francisco Department of the Environment estimates that the United States uses 12 million barrels of oil annually to make 30 billion plastic bags. They estimate that San Francisco uses approximately 100 million bags a year, which accounts for about 2 percent of all waste and leads to annual cleanup costs of about $8.4 million.
We, the undersigned, endorse the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance (#070085), urge the Board of Supervisors to vote to pass it, and urge the Mayor to sign it into law.
The Petition in Support of SF Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance petition to San Francisco Residents and Shoppers was written by Mirkarimi Staff and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.