In Latest Victory, Appeals Court Upholds San Francisco’s Plastic Bag Bag
A unanimous California Court of Appeal upheld San Francisco’s expanded plastic bag ban, marking the latest in a string of victories for local laws phasing out single-use plastic bags. The 2012 law, which is an expansion of an earlier measure adopted in 2007, bans the distribution of most single-use plastic bags and requires retailers to charge 10 cents for paper or compostable bags.
The ordinance was upheld on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by a three judge panel of the state Court of Appeals in San Francisco. They ruled on a challenge by the Los Angeles based Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, a manufacturers’ association that has been battling plastic bag laws around the state for quite some time.
There are more than 90 communities affected by plastic bag bans in California alone. In upholding the San Francisco law, the appeals court cited decisions by the California Supreme Court in 2011 and by a different appeals court panel in October that affirmed laws in Manhattan Beach and Marin County.