California institutes a statewide plastic bag ban, forcing consumers to purchase packaging which retailers formerly offered for free. While many environmental groups hailed the decision, other activists note that San Francisco's ban had a consequence of 50 percent rise greenhouse gasses as a result of paper bag production.
. "We need to move on to address the larger issues in San Francisco," Jew said shortly before he voted against the ordinance. Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who introduced amendments this month that will subject pharmacy chains to the legislation, said many large businesses in San Francisco already participate in recycling programs.