“In San Francisco, “we just want to reduce the amount of single-use plastic bags out there,” says Jack Macy, Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator for the San Francisco Department of the Environment. “If a 10-cent fee can serve as a disincentive to consumers who go to the store expecting to get a new set of plastic bags each time, then these rules will be doing their job.”
Restaurants are exempt from the new rules until next year, and noncompliant plastic bags will remain acceptable for certain items, such as bulk candy and deli meats. Food-stamp recipients won’t be charged the 10-cent fee, according to the ordinance.”
The quotation above couches the issue well. I know Jack and worked with him and his team on the development of the collateral for this campaign and can tell you, he’s a helluva good guy. A lot of thought went into this move, and it’s good legislation….
Fact: Plastic checkout bags weren’t available when I was a kid, and that was fine. Good wrap-up of the plastic bag issue, here.
Fact: There’s a patch of garbage hundreds of miles wide swirling in the Pacific, and another one like it the Atlantic. Both are full of plastic bags.
Fact: Plastic bags damage some recycling equipment. San Jose, CA reports spending $1 million annually on repairs to equipment jammed from plastic bag contamination. Read more.
San Francisco is ready to say “good-bye” to plastic checkout bags. On October 1st, 2012, the Checkout Bag Ordinance will extend the ban on one-time use, disposable plastic bags, which currently covers large grocery store chains and pharmacies. The ban will now extend to include to all shops in the city. The ordinance will also impose a fee: the customer will have to pay at least 10 cents for any checkout bag the store provides (and those bags will now be made of paper or compostable material, only).
Where does the money go?
The 10 cents goes to the shop owner, not to the city. For more information, check out the city website.
Above all, the city wants to promote reuse, so you can avoid the charge (and minimize trash) in the following way:
Bring Your Own Bag!
Here’s another great resource on the plastic bag problem.
Governments that have already banned the plastic bag:
Coastal North Carolina
Santa Cruz, CA
West Hollywood, CA
Mexico City, Mexico
SF Environment had a story to tell.
They needed a half page ad for an industry publication. In it, the Renewable Energy team wanted to highlight a useful tool available to residents of San Francisco, the SF Energy Map.
The SF Energy Map is a one-stop shop for information on how to install solar and wind in San Franciso.
Use the tool to:
• See all the solar/wind installations in your neighborhood
• Calculate your unique energy potential
• Find incentives and installers
• See how much you can save!
Visit the map:
. . . do you really want to use something only once before throwing it away?
63,000,000. That’s just one estimate of the number of disposable paper coffee cups consumed every day, …and that’s just in America.
We want to divert as much as possible from the landfill via recycling and composting programs. That’s always true. So if you do have your coffee in a paper cup, please do put it in the green or blue bin. Yes, either one. But better yet, avoid generating waste at all. Just bring your own mug.
My client and I created the following design to spread the word on this point, and it was printed on recycled paper coffee sleeves throughout San Francisco, in the spring of 2012. We realized everyone has a favorite mug. . . why not use it? At first we thought there’d be push-back for advertising on the sleeve of the paper coffee cup that you should not use the paper coffee cup, but we received a lot of support from local business owners who frankly, would love to spend less on packaging. They also know first-hand the sheer volume of items that are thrown away.
Have your morning coffee. But consider bringing your own mug or tumbler. Waste nothing.
Did you know paper cups are made from virgin paper content and not recycled content? Did you know that even paper coffee cups are sprayed with plastic? Here’s a Link for more information about how the paper cups are made, and why not using them will benefit the environment.
SF Environment had a story to tell.
The transportation team of the Department of the Environment was instrumental in starting the City Cycle program, a bicycle sharing program available to City and County of San Francisco government employees. Check it out here. They needed a logo to identify the program.
This design is a poster that will designate reserved bicycle parking areas.
and, here’s a poster that will be used to advertise the program:
Here’s a previous iteration of the image used for the poster: