PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia’s ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect Friday. It will be a big change for businesses and buyers.
The city says the people who live in Philadelphia consume about 1 billion bags every year. Many of them end up on the roads and waterways and they are trying to fix that.
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A plastic bag ban is only two days away in Philadelphia. Companies have until Friday to phase them out.
Disposable bags are used in supermarkets, convenience stores, and liquor stores.
“I think it’s ultimately going in the right direction for the city,” said Northern Liberties’ Matt Steelman.
In December 2019, a law banning plastic bags was originally passed. It was then delayed due to COVID as small businesses were already struggling.
But now, starting Friday, you can get used to papers. The plastic bags are being replaced to improve the environment and reduce rubbish in the city.
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“That’s good. I think it’s overdue. It is important that people bring their own bags so that you are environmentally friendly and that it is really easy,” said Julianna Goldring.
“I think it’s a great idea. I think plastic is not a good thing and it just clogs recycling and ends up in the ocean, ”said one woman.
Some people CBS3 spoke to say they felt comfortable bringing their own reusable bags because the others are just starting to add up.
“Yes, they just go under the kitchen sink. It’s definitely wasteful so we try to bring reusable bags, ”said Goldring.
The city will start with warnings. After April 1st, any company that does not comply will be fined.
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The ban begins on Friday. If you are a company that uses plastic bags and need more information, Click here.