Saturday, December 20, 2014

Councilman Wants Mandatory Plastic Bag Recycling

Councilman Frank DiCicco isn’t giving up in his fight against plastic bags in Philadelphia.

Councilman Wants Mandatory Plastic Bag Recycling

Councilman Frank DiCicco isn’t giving up in his fight against plastic bags in Philadelphia.

Today DiCicco is introducing an ordinance in City Council that would require all shops that offer plastic bags to provide recycling bins for customers. Penalties for violating the rule would range from $100 to $300. Those charging between 10 and 25 cents per bag would be exempt.

Today’s legislation is a softer approach to plastic bags than DiCicco has pushed for in the past. DiCicco, along with Councilman Jim Kenney, previously sponsored legislation that would ban plastic bags in the city. But that bill was voted down in June. 

DiCicco said he expects the same push-back from the plastic bag industry on this legislation.

"I expect the same full out assault agains the bill that they have done in the past," he said. "But I think the environment is much more important than their bottom line."
 

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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