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While the city of San Francisco has led the way with its ban on plastic shopping bags, it now is going where no municipality has gone before - the consideration of a new bill that would ban the use of paper bags by grocery stores and drug stores.

The legislation was introduced this week by city Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who said that the move would save at least some of the millions of trees cut down annually to make paper bags.

The bill does not just ban paper bags; it also requires that people who bring in their own reusable bags be given a 10 cent discount for each bag used.
KC's View:
Even for someone like me, who wholeheartedly believes in reusable shopping bags and takes them everywhere, this bill seems a little over the top. I’m not even sure why...but all this regulation does seem to get a little excessive.