I think that this might a bit of environmentalism gone awry. Most major grocers and retail outlets have significant recycling programs, and offer paper to their more environmentally-conscious customers. It seems a few local officials feel their citizens just aren’t conscious enough.
I know this is not a new idea. Some villages in Alaska already have the ban. So do South Africa, Bangladesh, and Taiwan. Paris will ban them this year. Ireland charges a 19 cents per bag tax. San Francisco tried to pass a bag tax, but the grocers fought back. And they are fighting again.
Last week, a committee of the Board of Supervisors put the ban on hold. They want to craft language to ban plastic bags from MORE stores.
What happens in San Francisco needs to stay in San Francisco.