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Philadelphia Councilman Introduces New Plastic Bag Ban

The measure would ban lightweight plastic bags and non-recyclable paper bags and add a 15-cent fee on recyclable paper bags and thicker plastic bags.

A member of the Philadelphia City Council has introduced a bill that would ban lightweight, single-use plastic bags and non-recyclable paper bags. The proposed measure would also put a 15-cent fee on recyclable paper bags and thicker plastic bags.

According to a StateImpact Pennsylvania report, this marks the fourth time in 12 years that a Philadelphia city council member introduced plastic bag ban legislation. The report also notes that plastic bags used to package loose vegetables, meat or fish would be exempt from the mandate.

StateImpact Pennsylvania has more information:

For the fourth time in 12 years, a member of Philadelphia City Council has introduced plastic-bag legislation.

This time, it might actually pass.

The bill introduced Thursday by Councilman Mark Squilla would ban lightweight plastic bags and non-recyclable paper bags, while also putting a 15-cent fee on recyclable paper bags and thicker plastic bags.

Read the full article here.

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