I am sure folks across the country will start shaking their heads and talking about "those wacky San Franciscans" again tomorrow. That's when our city's ban on plastic grocery bags takes effect. Merchants can still use the biodegradable plastic bags (like the ones they use at Mixt Greens), but those actually opse a problem for many urban dwellers -- they are biodegradable, not recyclable. That means you have to put them in the green compost bins. Bins that most of us apartment dwellers don't have. Sigh. But is is a step in the right direction. Especially atfer you read the linked article which notes there is a huge disgusting mass of plastic bags floating in the ocean.