Philadelphia Plastic Bag Ban: Enforcement, Penalties in Effect

Are thicker plastic bags allowed?

Some retailers have opted for slightly thicker plastic bags which do not appear to be banned by the city. These bags — which are over 2.25 mils thick and can be reused multiple times — aren’t allowed if they’ve been made using a blown-film extrusion process, officials point out. city.

“They’re still problematic for our recycling systems, and they’re still not good for the environment,” city spokeswoman Karen Guss told WHYY News. “We’re looking to create behavior change here, not a thicker plastic bag.”

The by-law can be amended to clarify this point. The original sponsor of the ban, council member Mark Squilla, introduced a invoice this would remove the 2.5 mil exemption from the definition of the ban on single-use plastic bags. The bill remains in committee.

Although Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has yet to take a position in favor of a specific bill, Guss said she would support resolving the confusion created by the 2.25 mils tongue by amending the order for clarity.

How to report a company that violates the ban

Residents can report a business violating the plastic bag ban through the city’s 311 system, by phone, or in line.

Sophia Schmidt of WHYY News contributed reporting.

Bryce K. Locke