by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, Sep 20, 2018
WEST CHESTER — Borough shoppers can soon say goodbye to single-use plastic bags.
At Tuesday’s work session, council asked its solicitor to draft an ordinance to forbid distribution of single use plastic bags in stores and shops. Borough Manager Mike Perrone told the audience that a ban is likely.
Although they won’t be able to vote for more than six years, Quaker Leadership Team’s sixth-graders — former West Chester Friends School students — were instrumental in successfully lobbying for the ban. The students met eight to 10 times during the summer.
Council President Diane LeBold was pleased with the student input.
“This gives me hope for the future,” LeBold said.
“Borough council’s unanimous vote to create a transition plan for our businesses and draft an ordinance to ban single-use HDPE plastic bags in the borough is yet another demonstration of West Chester’s environmental leadership in our region,” said Mayor Dianne Herrin. “These bags are simply terrible for the environment, they clog our storm drains, and many end up as part of a monstrous plastic stew in our oceans, destroying wildlife and the very ecosystems on which we all depend for life. They are a temporary convenience we can all do without, and there are better alternatives.”…
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