Reduce Plastic Bags in Philadelphia
  • Petitioned Councilman Bill Green

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Councilman Bill Green
Councilman Brian O'Neill
Philadelphia City Council Members
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
Councilman Mark Squilla
Councilwoman Cindy Bass
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
Councilman Bobby Henon
Council President Darrell L. Clarke
Councilman James F. Kenney
Councilman Bill Greenlee
Councilman David Oh
Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez
Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco
Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.
Councilman Dennis M. O’Brien

Reduce Plastic Bags in Philadelphia

    1. Green Philly Blog
    2. Petition by

      Green Philly Blog

      Philadelphia, PA

Each year, the average Philadelphian family takes home 1500 plastic shopping bags, which equals 100 billion plastic bags in America annually. These plastic bags are already built into grocery fees and cost taxpayers approximately $.18 cents PER bag for cleanup efforts and removal.

50 years ago, we didn't have this problem because plastic bags weren't used. But we've become a disposable society and grown accustomed with using a bag for 15 minutes before throwing them 'away'. But plastic bags last forever and affect Philadelphia streets, waterways and greening efforts. More importantly: they don't go "away", since there is no 'away'.

The solution is a LOT easier than we think.

We need your support in efforts to reduce plastic and single use bags since it will reduce costs, improve sustainability efforts and help prove Philadelphia (the 5th largest US city) is serious about becoming green. We're asking Philadelphia City Council to implement common sense legislation to reduce our single use bag consumption. Consumers already pay for plastic and paper bags, but it is hidden in their grocery bill. With a plastic bag fee, consumers can choose to bring their own reusable bag OR purchase a single use bag at checkout. Don't you have a right to choose? 

Mayor Nutter has declared his goal for Philadelphia to be the greenest city in America by 2015. In order to meet this goal we need to take action and prove that Philly's got gumption.

We're serious to show Philadelphia, the nation and world that Philadelphia is serious about becoming the Greenest City in America. Please sign this petition to declare your support for Philadelphia's sustainability mission, whether you live in the city, visit Philadelphia or just care about improving the quality of our lives.

Please follow our progress by liking our Facebook Page or uploading your plastic bag street shots to our website.


UPDATE: We started this petition during out "Ban the Bag Awareness Day" on July 26, 2012 and received attention from local press including, CBS News, KYW & Philly Mag. To give consumers a right to choose, we are pushing for a single use bag (paper or plastic) fee.

Please continue to take action to ensure the plastic bag legislation happens! Green Philly Blog, Clean Air Council, PennEnvironment, Clean Water Action Philadelphia & 5 Gyres are organizers of this campaign.

Recent signatures


    1. Update - Plastic Bag Reduction!

      Green Philly Blog
      Petition Organizer

      Hi - Thanks so much for signing! Please continue to share our petition on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and through email - Our new goal is 50,000 signatures. We're hosting a Happy Hour in Philadelphia to continue to get the word out, too! Hope you can make it!

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    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Update: July 26th Success... But only step 1

      Green Philly Blog
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for helping with yesterday’s success! We had the Plastic Bag Ban petition shared by fellow Philadelphian bloggers yesterday. So many people were discussing #BanPhillyBags on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & more! There were thousands of people that saw our message and picked up an issue that had been dismissed since 2009. But, we Just Started.

      Yesterday begun our movement with such a big bang that we wanted to leave the petition open to encourage more signatures before sending to Mayor Michael Nutter, Director of Sustainability Katherine Gajewski, the Office of Sustainability & Philadelphia City Council. We’ll send the letter next week, but the petition will remain open until the plastic bag ban has passed. How can you help? Please keep sharing the petition and your personal stories!

      Thanks for your continued support - We can't do it without you!
      Green Philly Blog

    4. Please Share our Petition!

      Green Philly Blog
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for signing our petition! We want to get as many signatures as possible today, July 26th. Please share with your friends and your favorite social networks. Together, we can make the #BanPhillyBags movement become a reality!

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Madeline Allen-sandoz PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 11 months ago

      It makes sense. We need to stop using so many plastic bags.

    • huda aziz WASHINGTON, DC
      • 11 months ago

      1) Plastic bags actively hurt our environment and atmosphere.

      2) Plastic bags are wasteful and harmful

      3) We all have 15 reuseable bags sitting at home that we just haven't had a good enough incentive to take to the grocery store with us... yet.

    • Bernardino Allegretti PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 11 months ago

      Disposable plastic bags are one of the largest sources of litter in Philadelphia. They clog storm drains, get stuck in trees, and invariably make their way to landfills rather than being recycled. All this can easily be mitigated with a simple bag surcharge.

    • Meg Goldner Rabinowitz PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 11 months ago

      I think this is a huge environmental concern that is fixable…it is one small change we can make that can have an immediate and important impact.

    • Toby Forstater PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 11 months ago

      We are working on the campaign at Temple University because plastic bags are the most predominant 'animal' roaming the streets of North Philadelphia.


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