Philly rejects plastic bag tax

It looks like I’m having a field week with plastics…

The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Progressive Bag Affiliates said today that Philadelphia’s City Council rejected on May 14 the proposed 25-cent-per-bag tax on plastic and paper grocery bags.

The ACC welcomed the City Council’s vote and said that recycling is the answer and not taxing consumers.

According to the ACC’s recent Post-Consumer Plastic Bottle Recycling Report, US plastic bottle recycling in 2007 reached a record-high of more than 2.3bn pounds. Still, many consumers are unaware of the significant usefulness, demand, and value of recycled plastic high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the group said.

Another challenge is the lack of sufficient access to recycling collection opportunities for products used away from home.

Some of the end-use markets for recycled plastics include non-food application bottles, such as for detergent, motor oil, household cleaners, etc; pipe and lawn and garden products; plastic lumber; pallets/crates/buckets; and in automotive.

One Response to Philly rejects plastic bag tax

  1. Christopher-Peter: Maingot 6 June, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Toronto, or “tim buck two”….The plastic bag “legislation” and or “ACT” is simply another convoluted government “green plan” marketing scheme, and again, it’s just putting another target on the consumer’s backs and bucks too. Does anyone truly believe that they (consumers) were getting these plastic bags from the stores (retailers) for free, before? Do you honestly feel loved by your retailers & plastic bag manufacturers? And, you don’t seriously believe “they” were giving away these before this latest “TAX GRAB ACT” right? No! You were paying for it before. The price of the plastic bag was built into the price of your steak and eggs…but now, you’ll simply be paying for it again, because your government is seeing (TAX) to it. I don’t know about others out there, but it seems to me like there is some back scratching going on here folks. If you don’t have a re-usable bag, then you should get some…plastic bags should be out-law-ed all together. Some people are rich and, don’t care about the 5 cents for a plastic bag, or the environment, for that matter! This latest bit of government legislation to deal with plastic bags, is simply adding to our political suffocation.

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