Pennsylvania Bag Legislations

Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Ordinance HB 1071
Notes There is renewed effort in Pennsylvania to pass legislation to preempt municipalities from banning or placing a fee, surcharge or tax on auxiliary containers. Recall, Governor Wolf (D) vetoed the plastic bag-specific preemption bill in June. In his veto message, he stated that the bill raised some constitutional issues" including taking power from local governments. Legislators are attempting to add the auxiliary container preemption language to fiscal or tax code bills. The draft language for the amendment is the same bill language used in Michigan. The Pennsylvania legislature must pass a fiscal code in order to move forward on passing the overall state budget. A version of the fiscal code passed the Senate and House earlier this week and if passed by the Governor"
Updated October 02, 2019

Narberth

Status Approved
Status Date June 01, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. Reusable bags shall be made of either polyester, polypropylene, cotton, or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least three mils in thickness.
Stores Affected
Commercial Establishment: Any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods, or materials directly to a customer, whether or not for profit, including, but not limited to, restaurants (eat-in and/or take-out food), bars, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, seasonal and temporary businesses or markets, retail ...view more or other similar nonresidential uses. For purposes of this article, "commercial establishments" shall not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions. view less
Fees $0.10 per bag
Comply Date July 01, 2021
Ordinance Chapeter 388 Article 1 (ordinance 1009)
Notes Moved by HB1083.
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Updated July 11, 2020

Philadelphia

Status Approved
Status Date January 12, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • A banned bag is a bag made from plastic that is less than 2.25 mils thick or made through a blown-film extrusion process
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that meets the following, but not including an Exempted Bag: (a) contains no old growth fiber; (b) contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content; and (c) displays the word "Recyclable" or “Recycled Content” in a highly visible manner and is labeled with the name of the manufacturer and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content of the bag in an easy-to-read font size
Reusable Definition None given
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means a location where food or other products are offered to the public for direct sale or delivery to a customer, including but not limited to the following: supermarket, convenience store, service station, department store, dollar store, clothing store, restaurant, food truck, farmers’ market or delivery service, but ...view more including drycleaners. view less
Fees None
Comply Date October 01, 2021
Ordinance BILL NO. 190610-A
Notes 12/30/2020 Have moved the implementation date to 7/1/2021- and the effective date to 10/1/2021 https://phila.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3991978&GUID=557D6EA0-A360-46A4-8E44-B0BEDA304B46&Options=ID%7CText%7C&Search=bag https://www.phila.gov/2020-12-30-updated-timeline-for-implementation-of-plastic-bag-ban/
Updated February 01, 2021

Statewide Legislation

Status Approved
Status Date June 01, 2020
Comply Date June 01, 2020
Ordinance HB1083
Notes "This added the following verbiage that extends the ban for one more year. STATE OF EMERGENCY.--THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OR A LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL BODY OR AGENCY MAY NOT ENACT OR ENFORCE A LAW, RULE, REGULATION OR ORDINANCE IMPOSING A TAX ON OR RELATING TO THE USE, DISPOSITION, SALE, PROHIBITION OR RESTRICTION OF SINGLE-USE PLASTICS, AUXILIARY CONTAINERS, WRAPPINGS OR POLYSTYRENE CONTAINERS, UNTIL JULY 1, 2021, OR SIX MONTHS AFTER THE ORDER ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR ON MARCH 6, 2020, PUBLISHED AT 50 PA.B. 1644 (MARCH 21, 2020), AND ANY RENEWAL OF THE STATE OF DISASTER EMERGENCY, WHICHEVER IS LATER."
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Updated September 03, 2020

West Chester

Status Approved
Status Date June 01, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 4.0mil thick.
Stores Affected
Commercial establishment: any store or retail establishment that sells, perishable and non perishable goods, including but not limited to, clothing , food and personal items, directly to the customer and is located in the or doing business in the geographical limits of the Borough of West Chester. Commercial establishments include: ...view more business establishment that generates sales or use tax; drugstore pharmacy, food market, grocery store, farmers market, convenience store, foodmart or other commercial entity, engaged in retail sales of a limited line of goods that include, bread, milk, soda and snacks; a public eating establishment (I.e. restaurant, take out food, or any other business that prepares and sales prepared food to be eaten on or off the premises) and a business establishment that sells clothing, hardware, and any other non perishable goods. view less
Fees $0.10 per compliment bag
Comply Date July 01, 2021
Ordinance 9-2019
Notes Moved by HB1083.
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Updated July 11, 2020

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