The West Chester Borough is taking steps to curb single-use plastic waste. In July 2019 Borough Council approved an ordinance banning single use plastic bags and straws in West Chester, effective July 2nd 2020.
September 2018 - local students ask Council to address single use plastic bags and straws
July 2019 - Ordinance written and public hearing held. Council votes to approve ordinance
As of July 2nd 2020 distribution of plastic bags and straws will be prohibited within the Borough
Any bag distributed to customers must include 40% recycled content and be recyclable in the Borough. This is considered a “compliant bag”
Businesses are required to charge 10 cents per compliant bag distributed to customers, and disclose this fee on the sales receipt
Any business may request a year-long exemption for review by the Borough’s Sustainability Advisory Committee
Businesses observed to be violating the ordinance will receive a written warning, then a $100, $200, and $500 fine for successive violations in a single 12-month period
Businesses may request a one-time, one year exemption from the Borough's 2019 Single Use Plastic Ban for consideration by the Borough's Sustainability Advisory Committee. Click here to submit an exemption.