Sometimes City Hall works with you as long as you bring your sincerity backed up with photos. IWWT Speaker, Beth Terry took her voice and passion for less plastic to SF City Hall this week. Catch her full article here. She underscored her short speech by bringing pictures of 13 plastic bags she saw the day before while walking to and from a conference.
From Beth’s blog: “Here’s the scoop: Back in 2007, San Francisco passed legislation banning plastic bags from large grocery stores and pharmacy chains. They had initially wanted to charge a fee for them but were stymied by the plastic bag lobby on the state level and had to resort to an outright ban. According to the Department of Environment, that ban resulted in an 18% reduction in plastic bag litter — but there was still a lot of plastic bag pollution to deal with, generated by restaurants and small stores. So this year, SF is considering an amendment to extend the ban to all plastic bags and to charge a fee for allowable bags (100% recycled paper, compostable, or reusable).” full article here
In the past, officials put a gag on the bag ban. This time, it looks like it has a much better chance of being passed thanks to Beth’s efforts and those like her who want to live in a cleaner world. Thank you Beth! Hopefully this will spread throughout Orange County as well.