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Petitioning Pennsylvania State House and 2 others

Pennsylvania citizens support a statewide ban on the free distribution of single-use plastic bags


As a Pennsylvania citizen I support a statewide ban in the Commonwealth on the provision by retail stores of free single-use plastic bags and we urge statewide elected officials to pass legislation to that effect.  This action will promote the health and safety of wildlife and watersheds, protect the natural beauty of our communities, conserve our oil supply, increase the longevity of landfill space, and reduce trash management costs to taxpayers. 

Letter to
Pennsylvania State House
Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania Governor
Like many other countries, counties and cities who have led the way, I support the effort to make Pennsylvania the First State in the U.S. to ban plastic bags.

I support the proposed statewide ban on the provision by retail stores of free non-biodegradable, single-use plastic bags and we urge statewide elected officials to pass legislation to that effect. This action will promote the health and safety of wildlife and watersheds, protect the natural beauty of our communities, conserve our oil supply, increase the longevity of landfill space, and reduce trash management costs to taxpayers.

Plastic bags are a visual blight in our communities, clog our streams, and kill wildlife on land and in marine environments. We survived just fine without plastic shopping bags until about 1980, and we can do so again and be better for it. Plastic is a necessary item in our lives, but being made out of fossil fuels, using them so frivolously is a waste of this resource.

- 12 million barrels of oil used to make the 14 billion plastic bags Americans use each year
- 380 billion plastic bags or wraps are thrown away in the U.S. each year
- 70% more global warming gases emitted in making a paper bag than making a plastic bag
- Plastic bags don't biodegrade in landfills, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways
- 17 cents per bag in estimated clean up and disposal costs, wasting millions of tax dollars
- When retailers give away “free” bags, their costs are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices
- Each high-quality reusable bag has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime.
- Only one to three percent of plastic bags are ever recycled or reused

Learn more at www.BringYourOwnBag.us. Thank you for supporting this legislation.