Philadelphia City Council passed a bill this month that would ban retailers from providing customers with single-use plastic bags.
The ban will take effect on July 2, 2020 after a 12-year effort to enact this plan. Councilman Mark Squilla is the leader of this ban and has pushed for it four times in the past.
It will only go into effect, however, if Mayor Jim Kenney signs the bill. This law is intended to reduce waste and save the city money. Philadelphia spends $9 to $12 million a year cleaning plastic bag waste from sewers, streets, and bodies of water.
There is one problem with this plan though. The city is also trying to put forth a 15-cent fee for customers who don’t bring reusable bags, which could greatly impact poorer Philadelphia residents.
Environmental groups dropped their support when the 15-cent fee was dropped.
This is a great improvement for the city and the environment. Next up, straws and Styrofoam!
Start stocking up on reusable bags because July will be here before you know it!