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Single-Use Plastic Bag Ordinance

Single-Use Plastic Bag Implementation Guide

At their regularly scheduled August Business Meeting, the Board of Commissioners voted in favor of a Single-Use Plastic Bag ordinance. This ordinance, which will take effect beginning February 2024, prohibits retail establishments from distributing single-use plastic carry-out bags to customers at the point of sale. Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags but may also pay a 10-cent fee to the retailer for a recyclable paper bag or reusable bag. The Springfield Township Environmental Advisory Committee will be hosting an ongoing resuable bag exchange at the Springfield Library.

Single-use plastic products can be defined as items that are used once, or for a short period of time (as little as just a couple of seconds!) before being thrown away. This type of plastic waste has a big impact on the environment and our health. Single-use plastic products are more likely to pollute the environment and end up in our seas than reusable options.

The Board of Commissioners has proposed an amendment to the Single-Use Plastic Bag ordinance to further define exempt bags. The documents can be viewed below.

Single-Use Plastic Bag Ordinance ADOPTED 8/9/23

Single-Use Plastic Bag Amendment for Consideration 10/11/23

EAC Implementation Guide

Single-Use Plastics & You - Presented June 26, 2023

Springfield Township

Administration & Police
1510 Paper Mill Road
Wyndmoor, PA 19038

Phone: (215) 836-7600 Fax: (215) 836-7180

Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.