Philly’s plastic bag ban and current listings. If you’d like to discuss real estate or anything in this newsletter please send me an email: [email protected]. This edition of Around the Block was originally published on Friday, 10/29/21.
Relevant Commentary, all information Philly (real estate and otherwise), Open Houses, Listings, Happenings, and More — by Jeff “City” Block
Plastic Bag Ban
I really dislike single-use plastic bags. And even if some people reuse them (for bathroom trash or dog poop) they are still a really bad thing. They are hard to recycle (and do not go in regular recycling), they do not degrade, they get caught in trees and other objects, and they harm all kinds of wildlife, among other things.
So, I am really glad that Philly City Council has banned them as of this month. Council does a lot of things with which I do not agree, but this I love! Here are a few interesting facts:
The City says that Philadelphians use about 1 billion plastic bags a year. What? Can that possibly be true? Wouldn’t that be like 625/resident? Including kids and people who do not use them at all. At the same time, you go to a Wawa every day, CVS and the supermarket a couple of times a week, State Store, plus other random places, so maybe that makes sense. Wow. To be honest, the thought of $1,000,000,000 plastic bags per year in our city disgusts me. This bill is so long overdue.
The ban actually passed in late 2019, but implementation was delayed. No surprise there. The city is always slow to implement (unless it is a tax increase) and the pandemic didn’t help anything.
While the ban began on 10/1/2021, actual enforcement does not begin until 4/1/2022. So, businesses have six months to prepare and get used to the ban (obviously the period between 2019 and 2021 was not enough time). Warnings begin now. Fines start in April 2022.
The law also bans paper bags that do not use at least 40% recycled material. Excellent.
The ban includes the following businesses: supermarkets, convenience stores, shops, service stations, department stores, clothing stores, restaurants, food trucks, farmers’ markets, delivery services.
The ban exempts the following types of bags: dry cleaner bags; bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage bags or to contain pet waste or yard waste; bags used to deliver perishable items like meat, fish, vegetables, and plants; bags provided by pharmacists to contain prescription drugs; newspaper bags.
The main source of this information is Maria Pulcinella’s 9/30/2021 piece for WHYY.org.
Thank you and have an awesome Halloween weekend.
7111 Germantown Avenue
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