Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal


Part I of this comment provides an overview of the problems associated with plastic-bag production and disposal and demonstrates the need for reduction. Part II discusses alternatives to plastic bags and steps other countries have taken to reduce plastic-bag consumption. Part III examines in detail San Francisco’s attempts to enact legislation to reduce consumption of plastic bags, including the interaction of California state and municipal law. Part IV discusses the comparative merits of various ordinances aimed at plastic-bag reduction and how the lessons learned in San Francisco may be useful to other cities confronted with this or similar problems, particularly when negotiating with the plastic and grocery industries.