Petition: Harrisburg, Don’t Go To Bat For Big Litter

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Plastic bags are one of the biggest sources of litter on our streets and in our rivers, and local officials need more tools to reduce plastic bag litter, not fewer.

But state lawmakers are rushing through a bill that's expected to pass tomorrow that would make it harder for cities to reign in plastic bag waste and keep their streets clean. 

Bill HB 1280 would ban local governments from passing plastic bag fees, which have been proven to reduce plastic bag litter while raising money for local services. 

Sign this petition to tell state lawmakers to vote NO on HB 1280.

We’ll be up front. We like the idea of a plastic bag fee, and we have some advocacy planned around trying to introduce one in Philadelphia next spring.

Whether or not you agree with us about the desirability of a plastic bag fee as an anti-litter measure, this is a debate that Philadelphians deserve to have with each other, and not with grandstanding legislators from upstate who want to stick it to the Big City.  We think it should be up to us, as Philadelphians and as Pennsylvanians, to clean up our own mess.

Anyone who votes for this bill is voting to keep Philly's streets and parks filled with litter, plain and simple. 

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  • Daniel Esposito
    signed 2017-08-01 18:57:41 -0400
  • Andrew Emma
    signed via 2017-05-08 16:32:37 -0400
  • Ashley Colabella
    signed 2017-02-08 14:40:58 -0500
  • Megan Landers
    signed 2017-02-06 14:04:43 -0500
  • Sandra Kowalewski
    signed via 2017-02-06 12:44:51 -0500
  • Kathy Trinh
    signed 2017-01-05 18:36:11 -0500
  • Max Stern
    signed 2017-01-03 12:59:34 -0500
  • Anne McFadden
    signed 2016-11-12 10:15:30 -0500
  • Hannah Agosta
    signed 2016-11-06 17:56:10 -0500
  • Michael Cloud
    signed 2016-10-25 17:56:06 -0400
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  • Eric Grote
    signed 2016-10-25 13:25:28 -0400
  • katie la valle
    signed 2016-10-25 13:20:23 -0400
  • Lynn Jackson
    signed 2016-10-25 12:17:42 -0400
  • Rachel Dwyer
    signed 2016-10-25 11:02:45 -0400
  • Marah Vecenie
    signed 2016-10-24 20:22:52 -0400
  • Bernardino Allegretti
    signed 2016-10-24 11:46:31 -0400
    So many municipalities around the world have instituted fees or bans on plastic bags and seen a dramatic impact in the amount of plastic bag litter dotting the landscape with negligible impact on consumers. In Philadelphia the presence of bags caught in trees and in gutter clogging our combined storm and sewer systems is most strongly felt in poorer neighborhoods. It’s beyond time we move into the 21st century and allow our local governments the freedom to implement policies that will cut down on waste and improve the quality of life for residents.
  • Linda Mauro
    signed 2016-10-24 10:27:38 -0400
  • Michael Coelho
    signed 2016-10-24 10:26:23 -0400
  • Theresa Everline
    signed 2016-10-23 09:44:59 -0400
  • Kathy Hrabovsky
    signed 2016-10-21 19:46:00 -0400
  • Dianna Gendron
    signed 2016-10-21 19:23:21 -0400
  • Leslie Roessler
    signed 2016-10-21 17:50:44 -0400
  • Mk Ranii
    signed 2016-10-21 17:36:38 -0400
  • Lily Goodspeed
    signed 2016-10-21 17:00:43 -0400
  • Mario Cimino
    signed 2016-10-21 16:13:18 -0400
  • Teresa Bradley
    signed 2016-10-21 15:03:43 -0400
  • Kelly Offner
    signed 2016-10-21 11:33:28 -0400
  • Simona Josan-Barkley
    signed 2016-10-21 11:11:03 -0400
  • Nancy Martin-Silber
    signed 2016-10-21 10:31:24 -0400
    I have seen one-use plastic bag bans enacted where my daughter lives. These bans have very positive results -reducing litter, reducing harm to wildlife, reducing the use of petroleum, reducing solid waste, and reducing toxic emissions.
  • Carol Butler
    signed 2016-10-21 10:15:00 -0400
    It is important that we say NO to House Bill 1280, plastic bags are on our fences, trees and streets, blighting our communities!