Ban on plastic bags broadened in San Francisco

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Source: Environmental News Network (ENN)

San Francisco’s unique plastic bag ban has been extended to include pharmacies operating five or more locations in the city, according to NBC.

The ordinance went into effect in November, first banning grocery stores from giving customers non-biodegradable plastic bags. The stores must use recyclable paper bags, reusable bags, or bio-plastic bags made of corn or potato starch.

Now the ban also applies to multiple-location pharmacies such as Walgreens, Longs and Rite Aid.

According to the article, San Francisco’s ban is the first of its kind in the country.

To learn where you can recycle plastic bags in your area, use Earth 911’s recycling locator.

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