Single Use Plastic Bag Information

Using reusable bags reduces the resources needed to create single-use plastic bags and prevents litter, pollution, and waste.

On November 3, 2022, the Environmental Advisory Board gave a presentation to the Board of Supervisors regarding the negative impact of single use plastic bags. Seeing the impact, the Board of Supervisors assisted the Environmental Advisory Board with drafting an ordinance to restrict the distribution of single use plastic bags in the Township. The ordinance was enacted and ordained on July 13th, 2023 and went into effect October 11, 2023.

Whitemarsh businesses are prohibited from providing single use plastic bags at checkout. Consumers are encouraged to bring reusable bags, or they may purchase paper bags with at least 40% post-consumer recycled content at a nominal charge. Disposable straws and utensils will be provided upon request.

The November 3, 2022 EAB presentation to the Board of Supervisors

Ordinance # 1029- Prohibiting the use of Single-Use Plastic Bags in Whitemarsh Township

Example signage for retail establishments to post to inform customers

Single Use Plastic Bag Poster for display