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Feb 7, 2012 11:06 AM by Associated Press (CM)

SF poised to expand plastic-bag ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco appears set to expand its ban on plastic bags and impose a 10-cent charge on all bags handed out at stores.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider the proposal on Tuesday, a day after Mayor Ed Lee expressed his support for the plan.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/wFQznB) that Lee's backing all but assures strong support from the supervisors.

The city already bans large grocery stores and chain pharmacies from using plastic bags. The proposal would expand the ban to include all retailers, including gift shops and boutiques.

It would also require businesses to charge 10 cents for each bag. The goal is to encourage customers to bring their own bags.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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