SAN FRANCISCO -- Supermarket operators here have signed a letter of agreement to join forces with the city to reduce by 10 million the number of grocery bags entering the waste stream by the end of 2006, while also encouraging bag reuse and recycling. The agreement heads off a proposal by the city to impose a 17-cent tax on each bag used -- at least as long as "parties to this agreement continue to demonstrate meaningful progress toward increased reduction in consumption of checkout bags ...

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