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Discussion Topic: Should San Rafael Ban Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Containers?

Would you pay 5 cents for paper, rather than using a canvas shopping bag?

San Rafael is in the midst of drafting an ordinance that would ban plastic bags and styrofoam take-out containers at restaurants, convenience stores and pharmacies, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

The ban would also require a minimum 5-cent charge for paper bags, just like the Marin County .

While many local grocery stores, like and , already use paper bags exclusively, that a 5-cent fee would not be enough to encourage shoppers to bring reusable bags and Save the Plastic Bag Coalition eventually sued Marin County over its ban.

So, San Rafael shoppers, do you use reusable bags when you grocery shop? Would you pay 5 cents to use paper? And do you think the ban is a good idea? Tell us in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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