San Francisco extends bag ban, puts fee on paper

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SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m. ET) — Officials in San Francisco have enacted an expansion to the city´s plastic bag ban, extending it to restaurants, gift shops, hardware stores, boutiques and other retailers, the Associated Press reported.

The plastic bag ban already stretched to large grocery stores and chain pharmacies. The new legislation also forces shoppers to pay 10 cents per paper bag. The stores keep that money, the AP reported.

San Francisco was the first city in the country to ban plastic bags at grocery stores and drug stores in 2007, the AP reported. The proposal will go into effect in October.