Revision 1 (June 28, 2007, 5:20 p.m. by AmyZimmerman)

In March 2007, San Francisco became the first city in the country to ban stores from bagging purchases in the common petroleum-based bags that are so rarely recycled and often end up floating down the street. In six months, the ordinance — titled the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance — will take full effect on grocery stores with gross sales of at least $2 million, and it will be another year before pharmacies with more than four San Francisco branches will have to comply. Under this ordinance, the affected businesses will be forbidden from handing out old-school plastic bags, and will instead offer paper, compostable plastic or reusable bags.

The ordinance can be read here.

Some businesses that sell reusable bags include Safeway, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods.