PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia’s plastic bag ban goes into effect Friday after delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The ban will prohibit businesses from using single-use plastic bags for purchases.
The ban was originally passed by Philadelphia City Council in December of 2019, and was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 1, 2021 marked the start of a nine-month awareness, education and warning period. April 1 marks the start of full enforcement by the city.
Violations issued to stores that fail to comply carry a minimum penalty of $150. City officials say the ban was implemented to help keep streets and waterways clean and reduce plastic waste that is hazardous to the environment.