Proposal in SF to charge for checkout bags

SAN FRANCISCO

Under legislation introduced by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, big supermarkets and pharmacy chains would have to charge customers 10 cents per paper or reusable bag. The idea is get shoppers to bring their own bags.

The city was the first U.S. city to ban plastic bags in 2007. Los Angeles recently passed a law requiring a charge for paper bags, and San Jose is considering doing the same.

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