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No More Plastic Bags, Philadelphia! (almost…)

Good news – Philly is thisclose to banning an environmental catastrophe – in the form of plastic bags.no plastic

Yesterday, City Council’s Committee on the Environment voted unanimously to approve legislation banning plastic bags used in supermarkets, pharmacies and stores.  The typical plastic bags must be replaced after July 1, 2011 with recyclable paper bags, compostable plastic bags or reusable bags.

Part of the ban will also include educational programs for retailers to explain the environmental measure to consumers prior to enforcement – So Philadelphia retailers can rest easy and reduce potential complaints.

Final vote goes to the full Council next week.

This makes me very happy for Philly.  (San Fran & other cities have already implemented similar measures.)  But why wait two years? Remember when the smoking ban was implemented the same day? Regardless, Philadelphia’s continuing to make strides in becoming an environmental leader – such as other ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

Posted by Julie

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

9 thoughts on “No More Plastic Bags, Philadelphia! (almost…)

  1. This is a great step. Now if only I can stop forgetting to bring my reusable bags to the supermarket…

  2. Nic G- I used to have the same problem!
    One suggestion is to keep the bags in your car or by the door so you’ll grab them before you head to the store.
    Or, do what I do- I write a reminder on my grocery list so I’ll remember to bring the bags in when I glance at the list before going into a store.

  3. this is great! i have gotten my fiance to bring a reusable bag by buying him one of those baggu ones that folds into a small little pack. it fits right in his laptop case.

  4. I’m glad to see everyone’s excitement for this bill/dislike for plastic bags! Hopefully it won’t just be retailers that stop using them, but an increased awareness of consumers will turn more people using canvas/other bags. Nic, another idea is to buy a reusable bag to put in your purse – they have ones that roll up mini-sized, so even if you ‘forget’, you still have one on you! I know they have them at Arcadia, the Big Green Earth Store and other local stores, only about $8-$12 or so.

  5. Great post. Does anyone know other states? I have been using reusable bags for 2 years. Trying to spread the word to family and friends. New law will help.

  6. good news , i support your point ! will share with my family and friends to put forward the law

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