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.”
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.