NARBERTH, PA -- Narberth Borough’s landmark legislation to ban single-use plastics was the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, and the impact of that legislation is starting to send a worldwide message as the European Parliament has recently voted to ban a series of plastics in an attempt to reduce ocean pollution.
It is reported that the EU ban will cover a series of single-use products including straws, cutlery, and cotton buds. The legislation would also heavily enforce that empty bottles be disbursed to a recycling bin.
The proposal along with the full list of single-use plastics to be banned by 2021 can be found here.
The EU states are also committed to recycling 90% of plastic bottles by 2025.
If you recall back in October, TAPinto Lower Merion & Narberth reported that the Narberth Borough Council unanimously passed a ban on plastic straws and would also charge a fee for single-use of carryout plastic bags in local businesses.
This was a pioneering piece of legislation, which was lauded by state legislators in October and used as the blueprint for a similar Pennsylvania law under consideration.
Heralding the Narberth legislation as a big win for the environment, State Senator Daylin Leach (D) said, "The citizens of Narberth decided that they’re tired of seeing plastic bags in their parks and finding straws in their streams."
The ordinance regulates only straws and bags received from commercial establishments. Plastic bags will cost $.10 each and the fee will go to the store owner. Straws may still be used by patrons of restaurants, but they will not be offered automatically. Consumers will have to request a straw.
And, plastic bags are not just a problem in the local area’s pollution, but can also take up to 20 years to biodegrade in the ocean- making the ban a tremendous step in the right direction towards this disastrous worldwide issue.
However, many advocates involved in the cause prefer not to use the word "ban" to describe the measure and prefer to state that the Borough is regulating the use of plastic.
But, “ban” or not, the legislation was the first of its kind in any Pennsylvania municipality -- and it seems that Narberth is leading as a global pioneer in the cause to eliminate the amount of waste polluting the environment.