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File #: 191025    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/12/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/12/2019
Title: Authorizing Council's Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy to hold hearings to examine best practices regarding the reduction of the negative environmental impacts of flexible plastic products in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Greenlee, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Signature19102500
Title
Authorizing Council's Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy to hold hearings to examine best practices regarding the reduction of the negative environmental impacts of flexible plastic products in the City of Philadelphia.
Body
WHEREAS, While most plastic products help make our lives safer, healthier and more productive, certain classes of plastic are not being disposed of or reused in a way that is environmentally conscientious; and

WHEREAS, 44% of all plastic ever manufactured has been made since the year 2000, and 40% of plastic produced is discarded shortly after purchase; and

WHEREAS, Less than 20% of the plastic produced each year globally is recycled, including just 9% of total plastic consumption and less than 1% of flexible plastic products; and

WHEREAS, Recycling facilities in the United States and abroad are not currently adapted to manage the large loads of flexible plastic products that result from changing consumer preferences; and

WHEREAS, It is necessary to rethink disposal infrastructures to find innovative technologies and practical solutions to reduce the City's carbon footprint while conferring other benefits including improved sanitation, job creation and cost savings to both the government and the consumer; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia has an opportunity to leverage new technologies to improve the public health of our residents, reduce the amount of waste in our streets, and create operational and budgetary efficiencies that will benefit the City tremendously; and

WHEREAS, By incorporating best practices including new technologies, Philadelphia will be taking steps toward being a global leader in urban environmental policy, thereby providing a model upon which other cities can build; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, Hereby authorizes Council's Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy to hold hearings to examine best practices re...

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