Philadelphia, PA - Delaware has now banned plastic bags, beginning on New Year's Day. The ban will prohibit stores from distributing single-use plastic bags across the state of Delaware.
Plastic Carryout Bag Ban Effective on Jan. 1, 2021
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced the ban is designed to reduce litter and save landfill space.
Delaware residents use approximately 434 plastic bags, adding up to around 2,400 tons of plastic bags ending up in the state's landfills, according to DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin.
The DNREC also suggests residences should bring reusable bags to stores and disinfect bags between uses.
Businesses can offer paper bags, cloth bags, a thicker type of reusable plastic bag, or not provide bags to customers. Retailers are also allowed to charge a fee for the bags at the point of sale.
We should note that restaurants will be exempt from the ban, as well as smaller stores with one or two locations.
DNREC advises consumers to wash or disinfect their reusable bags by turning them inside out and wiping them down with a disinfecting agent after each use.
New Jersey will follow in 2022, while Philadelphia's ban will begin on July 1st.
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