In 2007, San Francisco became the first city to ban plastic grocery bags in the United States. San Francisco follows the example of many other countries with this piece of legislation, including Ireland, Africa and China. After San Francisco set the precedent in the United States, New York City and Los Angeles have followed with anti-plastic bag legislation of their own. Not to mention the individual companies that have made the commitment to environmentalism and have made different efforts to either discontinue plastic bag use or discourage plastic bag use with fees, these companies include: Whole Foods, Ikea and Target.
The use of plastic bags is not necessarily outlawed in any U.S. cities; it is the free distribution of the bags that is outlawed in some places. As mking mentioned, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to enact legislation to ban the free distribution of the bags. Other U.S. cities that have followed in San Francisco’s footsteps include Seattle, Portland, Washington D.C., San Jose, and Fairfax.
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