Single Use Plastics
Single-use materials are a momentary convenience that last a lifetime. Many plastics, even plant-based varieties, are not recyclable in curbside programs and do not biodegrade in landfills. Much of this waste instead slowly degrades into microplastics and enter our water, food, and air.
In July 2019 Borough Council approved an ordinance banning single use plastic bags and straws in West Chester, effective July 2020. Enforcement of this ordinance will commence January 1st 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.
For questions, complaints, or to report non-compliance e-mail the Sustainability Advisory Committee at SAC@west-chester.com.
Resources for Businesses:
- 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
Join the Borough's Sustainable Storefronts recognition program today to have your business recognized for leadership on this important issue!
How to Participate
thank you to the following businesses for joining sustainable storefronts!
The Shop on Market St
Bryn Mawr Running Company
The 5 Senses
West Chester Co-Op
Malena's Vintage Boutique
Charlie & Co. Barbershop
Taylor's Music Store