Plastic Bag Ban Takes One Step Closer To Law In Pittsburgh – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — A plastic bag ban in the city of Pittsburgh is about to be signed into law.

However, not everyone is on board.

Debate among residents over the proposed measure intensifies.

“Agree 100%. Maybe we can save animals in the ocean, reduce pollution,” said Barbara Gainer of Pittsburgh.

“We’ve had inflation before when it comes to groceries and pretty much everything. So I didn’t think that would be the best situation,” said Christopher Gary of Pittsburgh.

Over the next year, you’ll likely see fewer plastic bags in city grocery stores and when ordering takeout from restaurants.

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger of City Council District 8 today reintroduced legislation banning the distribution of single-use plastic bags.

She says the overall goal is to reduce waste and pollution.

“It’s everything, from public health to the quality of life in our neighborhoods. We know we can do so much better as Pittsburghers,” Strassburger said.

Here are the notable changes and takeaways from the amended legislation:

– The new, updated bill still bans single-use plastic bags, but it will not come into force until a year after it is enacted.

– The ban allows paper bags containing at least 40% post-consumer recycled content to be offered for a fee by retailers.

– Recycled paper bags will now cost shoppers 10 cents, down from the original 15 cents offered last time.

– These, along with reusable bags, will be given free of charge to low-income residents.

“If you are a SNAP or WIC benefit holder and you show your card, you are exempt from paying the 10-cent fee,” Strassburger said.

Strassburger says city officials will also work to help raise funds privately and publicly for city-sponsored reusable bags, and to help small business owners with pilot programs over the next year to so that they can prepare for official deployment.

“It’s really about leaving our city in a better place for our children, our grandchildren and future generations.

The city council is expected to take a final vote next Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Bryce K. Locke