In the morning news today, Oakland City has decided to follow San Francisco passing a law to ban plastic shopping bag.
We hail for this environmental decision to the counsel menbers of City of Oakland and hope that it’s not too late.
San Francisco City Superintendents passed a new law to ban plastic bags in major supermarkets in late March. This law will also make plastic bags obsolete in major pharmacy stores in six months in the City.
Actually, the action has come a bit too late – (hope not), most major cities in Asia have already enact such law. Countries like Singapore and Taiwan, have no extra land to fill trillion tons of garbage annually. Singapore and Taiwan have enforced extra taxes on retail stores that people shop and request for plastic shopping bags.
According to San Francisco City’s Statistics: Roughly the number of plastic shopping bags distributed in San Francisco each year,180 million. San Francisco City area size: 47 sq miles (source: Wikipedia)
Amount each bag costs markets, compared with anywhere from 5 to 10 cents for a biodegradable bag.
Source: S.F. Department of the Environment; Worldwatch Institute
What $$ saving we are talking about here? Huge. For environment, for self, home senitary reasons, we hail for this decision. And we hope to see many other cities to follow suit (San Jose), maybe, the next one to follow suit.