You probably already know that Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi wanted to make the ban stricter, even as Assembly Bill 1998, which would’ve instituted a statewide ban, worked its way through our state legislature.
Mirkarimi’s proposed legislation would currently extend the plastic bag ban to all stores in SF while also levying a five cent fee on any paper bags given out to customers. According to Mirkarimi, Washington D.C also has a five-cent paper bag fee in place, which he also claims is working. But with the failure of a state bag ban, he’s now talking about increasing that nickel-per-bag fee, saying “Other jurisdictions said that’s too low.”
Seeing that many D.C residents were rooting for AB1998, it seems that the plastic bag battle is not yet over.