From the NYT (click link for larger version of graphic):
County moves forward with shopping bag ban
By Kurtis Alexander
The county Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to move ahead with an ordinance that would ban the use of plastic bags at retail shops and impose a surcharge on paper bags.
The intent is to promote greater use of reusable bags, such as canvas bags, and stem the litter generated by plastic as well as rein in the amount of energy used to make both plastic and paper.
The ordinance, though, remains a ways off as supervisors decided to first perform an environmental review of the measure. The review, which is expected to cost $100,000 and take nearly a year to complete, was agreed to by board members to anticipate potential problems with the new law and ward off a possible lawsuit. Continue reading
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