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March 22, 2005

Bay Area bag fee may force recycling

The Daily Aztec

The San Francisco Environmen-tal Commission recently agreed on a proposal to charge 17 cents for each plastic or paper bag taken home from any major grocery store in San Francisco, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. The proposal includes any store with more than $2 million in yearly sales. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on the issue this spring.

San Francisco reports the 17-cent fee was calculated by dividing the estimated $8.5 million yearly bag clean-up costs by the number of bags used by major grocers, according to www.sfgov.org. Revenues from the proposed fee would be spent on street cleaning, landfill costs and both the disposal and recycling of bags...

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