SF's expanded bag ban starts Monday

September 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Starting Monday you'll have to pay 10-cents for a paper or compostable bag from San Francisco's retailers -- no more plastic.

A new law goes on the books at midnight. It outlaws most retailers from packing merchandise into plastic bags. City leaders hope the new law will force consumers to be more eco-friendly and carry reusable tote bags with them on shopping trips.

San Francisco's existing plastic bag ban applies only to chain grocery and drug stores. The new law will cover most "mom and pop" stores, as well as the national chains. Next year it will cover restaurants as well.

The ban is intended to help San Francisco reach its "zero waste" goal.