Clean Our Streets & Streams - Pass the Baltimore City Bag Ban!
Plastic bags are everywhere. They fly down our streets, get caught in trees, and clog our waterways. Made from petroleum, the average American uses 10 bags per week, or 520 bags per year! Since 2014, Mr. Trash Wheel in Baltimore's Inner Harbor has collected 431,057 plastic grocery bags.
Councilman Bill Henry recently introduced a bill to ban free plastic bags at checkout, and require a five cent fee for other disposable or compostable bags. A portion of the fee collected will go toward the business, with the remainder going to the city. The bill has support from the Council President and other council members, and similar legislation has been successful in Montgomery County, and Takoma Park in reducing litter and changing habits of customers, with no reported dip in sales for businesses.
Baltimore City is leading the way for the state, by banning EPS foam in 2018, which Maryland banned in 2019. Now, it's time to lead the way by banning plastic bags in the fight to protect our neighborhoods and waterways from trash and litter.
Ask your Baltimore City Council representative to support the Baltimore City Bag Ban!