In July 2019, West Chester Borough Council approved an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags and straws in West Chester, effective July 2020, with enforcement commencing on January 1, 2022.
The ordinance bans the distribution by commercial establishments of plastic bags and drinking straws within the Borough. Paper bags are permitted as an alternative but must consist of recycled content and be either recyclable or compostable, and establishments are required to charge and disclose a 10 cent fee on each bag provided to customers, to encourage customers to bring their own bag and avoid using unnecessary ones.
The ordinance does not apply to product packaging or bags, without handles, used to wrap raw food products such as meat and fish, which would otherwise represent a health hazard.
- Click here to read the single-use waste ordinance
- Click here to download a flyer on the ordinance
- Click here to download an FAQ, which will be updated from time-to-time
- Businesses with unique challenges may request an exemption by petitioning the Borough’s Sustainability Committee
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