It’s been three weeks since the city instituted its 10-cent minimum charge for compostable, recycled paper, or reusable sacks at the checkout counter, and so far the policy seems to be an easy pill for Bernal Heights to swallow. (No big surprise there, since green is, after all, glamorous.)
A micro-interview with cashier Alex at the Good Life on Cortland indicates that the ordinance is having its intended effect:
Bernalwood: Have you noticed any difference in the bag situation recently?
Cashier Alex: We’re definitely seeing a lot more people bringing their own bags.
Bernalwood: What happens when they don’t?
Cashier Alex: Then we have to count up all the bags at the end and charge for them.
Bernalwood: Sounds like kind of a pain. Is it?
Cashier Alex: A little bit.
If you need to add to your collection of reusable bags, make sure to find SF Environment’s booth at Fiesta on the Hill on Cortland Street this Sunday starting at 11 a.m. The fine folks there will be handing out nice ones as part of their consumer education campaign.
PHOTO: Bronwyn Ximm