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24 Apr 2020

What’s Next for Philadelphia’s Plastic Bag Ban?

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April 24, 2020 Category: Local Posted by:

Philadelphia’s Single Use Plastic Bag Ban, passed in City Council and signed into law in 2019, is a major advancement towards cleaning up Philly’s environment and city streets. This law bans single use plastic bags in retail establishments with certain exceptions.

Since then, a multi-departmental team has been working to craft an enforcement strategy and messaging on the legislation. This is to make sure that residents, visitors, and retailers all understand the importance of the Plastic Bag Ban and how to comply.

Due to the City’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our commitment to ensure that businesses are as supported as possible when they reopen, the initial effective date of July 2, 2020 is no longer realistic.

As a result, the City is pushing back the effective date of the Single Use Plastic Bag Ban to January 1, 2021. 

Starting February 1, 2021, businesses will be required to post signage informing the public of the ban. On April 1, 2021, retail stores can no longer provide single use plastic bags.

This is not an announcement we want to make during Earth Week. We know the climate crisis and plastic pollution remain two very serious threats to our planet and society, even during the global pandemic.

However, we realize that this law will only be successful if there is widespread messaging to our diverse business owners, effective enforcement, and most importantly, partnership among all stakeholders and communities.

We will get through this challenging time together, and when we do, we will still have our environment to protect.

The City is working to make sure that our businesses rise from this challenging time stronger and fully supported to create a cleaner and more sustainable Philadelphia.

Updated Plastic Bag Ban Implementation Dates

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