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File #: 190610    Version: Name:
Type: Bill Status: IN COUNCIL - SECOND READING
File created: 6/20/2019 In control: Committee on Licenses and Inspections
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Amending Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions," by adding a new Chapter 9-4500, entitled "Prohibition on Use of Certain Bags and Checkout Bag Charge," to permit the use of only certain bags by retail establishments at the point of sale or for a delivery; and establishing a charge, payable by the consumer to the establishment, for the provision of other types of bags; all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Jones
Indexes: PROHIBITION ON USE OF CERTAIN BAGS AND CHECKOUT BAG CHARGE
Code sections: Title 9 - REGULATION OF BUSINESSES, TRADES AND PROFESSIONS
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 19061001, As Amended.pdf
Title
Amending Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions," by adding a new Chapter 9-4500, entitled "Prohibition on Use of Certain Bags and Checkout Bag Charge," to permit the use of only certain bags by retail establishments at the point of sale or for a delivery; and establishing a charge, payable by the consumer to the establishment, for the provision of other types of bags; all under certain terms and conditions.

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THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

SECTION 1. Chapter 9 of The Philadelphia Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

CHAPTER 9. REGULTION OF BUSINESSES, TRADES AND PROFESSIONS

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CHAPTER 9-4500. PROHIBITION ON USE OF CERTAIN BAGS AND BAG CHARGE.

?9-4501. Definitions.

(1) "Effective Date" means the effective date of the ordinance that added this Chapter to The Philadelphia Code.

(2) "Exempted Bag" means:

(a) a bag used inside a retail establishment by a customer to deliver perishable items to the point of-sale at that establishment, such as: to package bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, or candy; to contain or wrap meats or fish; to contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods; or to contain or wrap flowers, potted plants, or similar items; or

(b) a bag sold in packaging containing multiple bags and packaged at the time of manufacture of the bag.

(3) "Plastic" means material that in significant part is produced from oil by a chemical process that is solid, light in weight and is often used to make bags for carrying products out of retail establishments.

(4) "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag that meets the following, but not including an Exempted Bag:
(a) contains no old growth fiber;
(c) contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content; and
(d) displays the word "Recyclable" in a highly visible manner and is labeled with the name of the manufa...

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