Tell City Council to vote YES to reduce plastic bag waste

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Dear Friends,
On May 1, the City Council Committee on the Environment voted the Advanced Recovery Fee (Green Fee) for Disposable Shopping Bags legislation out of committee! The bill now goes to the full Council for a vote, and we need your help to make sure it gets passed!

Bill # 090075 would require grocery stores, drug stores, and convenience stores to collect a 25-cent fee for disposable plastic shopping bags used by customers. This fee will help to encourage customers to forego unnecessary bags, or to bring reusable bags to the store to reduce the number of plastic bags littering our streets, clogging our storm drains and costing the city money to clean up and dispose of in landfills.

We need you to contact City Council to urge them to vote for this bill. The plastic bag industry is lobbying Council members and urging them to maintain the status quo, so your voice is needed! Send an email now!

Thanks for your support,
Christine Knapp

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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