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Plastic Bag Ban Approved in City Council Committee
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Plastic Bag Ban Approved in City Council Committee

There’s still one more step before the ban becomes law.

Yesterday, Philadelphia City Council voted to ban plastic bags during a Licenses and Inspections hearing.

The original bill had a ban on plastic and 15 cents for all other bags. However, the fee was removed from the bill due to a compromise with Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez saying the fee was regressive to low-income residents.

According to WHYY, there is backlash on removing the free. “No fee is a mistake,” Maurice Sampson, the Eastern Pennsylvania director for Clean Water Action. “If you can get a bag easily, you’re not going to look for a reusable bag.”

Plastic bags do NOT belong in the recycling bin, as we’ve said 8000 times before.

Editor’s note: The plastic bag hearing VIP was Ron Whyte, of Deep Green Philly & Trash Academy:

One of the 2019 plastic bag ban efforts was spearheaded by Trash Academy, who created a social media and billboard campaign across the city.


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Julie Hancher
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

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