Revise to plastic bag ban sought 

Supervisors say local stores are exploiting a loophole in The City's plastic bag ban by using thicker bags that are called reusable.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced a resolution Tuesday calling on the director of the Department of Environment to eliminate the ability of stores to use “thicker, larger bags” that the stores say are in compliance with the plastic bag ban.

“We’ve seen now in some stores that have taken advantage of a loophole in allowing thicker plastic bags that they say technical say qualify for use in San Francisco,” Mirkarimi said. “Before we have had 100 percent compliance and now there has been some bad stores that are handing our bags which are not recyclable and saying that because these are thicker, larger bags that they are in compliance with our law.”

The resolution urges the department to figure out an enforcement method “and we will back it up with legislation in making sure we close that loophole,” he said.

“For those who are not complying, we’ll then we will go ahead and close that particular error and make sure that you do,” Mirkarimi said.





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