The Daily Journal is commenting on the spread of the plastic bag ban here.
By this summer, almost all cities in San Mateo County will have adopted a reusable bag ordinance, banning plastic bags at most retail stores.
The ordinance that is being adopted by most cities — which is based on one that was passed by the county and enacted in unincorporated areas last year — will require grocery stores to use paper bags made of at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled materials. Stores must charge at least 10 cents per paper bag.
“If anything, it’s going to help businesses,” said Chris Delios, manager of Trag’s Market in San Mateo. Charging 10 cents per paper bag will cut store costs. “Right now, we are giving away bags,” he said.
But I have heard one interesting counter argument: for a dime a bag some customers will choose to not take any bag and then the merchant's other staff are left to wonder if the item leaving the store was shoplifted or not! Good point that I'm guessing those who voted for this did not consider.