When referring to any of the results of our analysis and/or its concept and design, please cite us accordingly:
Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.
San Francisco (USA) Environment Code – Chapter 17: Plastic Bag Reduction OrdinanceView the policy document
Key FindingsView the policy document
This was the first major law regulating single use plastic bags in the United States in retail and food outlets. Exemptions to the bag law remain for specific uses.
Policy makers carried out early stakeholder outreach and education campaigns. This ban which aligned with the city’s ambition to become Zero Waste by 2020, has been evaluated through the analytical framework as ‘successful’. This ban resulted in a 76% reduction in single use plastic bag litter, and led to similar bans in cities across the USA.
Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.Methods