San Francisco banned plastic bags in 2007, claiming in part that the ban would decrease the overall amount of garbage collected. In fact, garbage and recycling rates rose more than 78.6% in the city between 2005 and 2013.
First, if you feel so strongly about the law, start a grassroots movement to change it.
Second, you're using information about San Francisco's recycling program out of context. San Francisco's recycling rates continue to go up because prior to 2009 it was not mandatory to separate "garbage" into "recyclables", "compostables", and "waste". This is progress towards our "Zero Waste Philosophy".
From Wikipedia (follow to check citations)The City and County of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment established a goal of zero waste in 2002, which led to the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance in 2009. With its ambitious goal of zero waste and policies, San Francisco reached a record-breaking 80% diversion rate in 2010, the highest diversion rate in any North American city. San Francisco received a perfect score in the waste category in the Siemens US and Canada Green City Index, which named San Francisco the greenest city in North America.
If you still feel so strongly about your sensational and emotionally hysterical view, have you considered joining the Tea Bagger movement to help overturn the plastic bag law?
no no tea bag for me,
as a process specialist, stores are set up a certain way, the registers are up front, end of isles with sale items, crap cereal brands are on the bottom shelves, metal baskets are next to door, outside, small plastic baskets are next to door, inside, when first entering a store, you see the produce section, the liquor section is always to the side, not the back of the store (theft)...etc, I could actually make a flow diagram, its no secret that stores direct customers to convenience and merchandise on purpose, whether its grocery or wal mart, sears...wherever
forcing the customer to bring their own bag into the store disrupts the flow, a flow that has already been determined, not only the store flow but now the customer has to decide how many bags to bring to the store, people with large families that bulk shop, say Smart&Final, Costco, Sams, would have to bring 20 reusable bags with them, and where do you exactly put those on your way to the store?
having a bag with you when you enter a store, for some, promotes shop lifting, its too easy and tempting, at Best Buy, this is why when you leave the store, a clerk will ask for your receipt and check mark it
Its obvious that bring your own bags was designed by selfish single people for the single shopper without regard to security for the store itself, I have seen shoppers at Vons fill the metal basket to the top, assuming a $400+ bill, how many reusable bags will it take? Doing laundry takes energy too, but nobody cares about that