After Kenney pocket veto, future of single-use bag fee in Philly uncertain

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The fate of a 15 cent fee on single-use bags in Philadelphia is uncertain after former mayor Jim Kenney killed the bill that would have required it on his way out of office.

Supporters of the fee plan to keep pushing. But it’s not yet clear whether Mayor Cherelle Parker — who has framed quality of life issues like litter as major priorities — will be more supportive of the idea.

“We’re not, in no way, discouraged,” said Aminata Sandra Calhoun, a West Philly environmental justice advocate who leads cleanups for Centennial Parkside CDC and supports the single-use bag fee. “Whatever it takes to eliminate and reduce [litter] — I’m for it, one thousand percent.”

  • January 9, 2024
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