By Laura Miller
Plastic pollution is a hazard to public health, wildlife, and our environment. In April 2019, legislation was introduced in Delaware’s General Assembly that would cut back on the amount of plastic pollution by banning single use plastic bags. This bill, House Bill 130 (HB 130), restricts retailers over a certain size from giving plastic bags to customers. Only under certain circumstances would plastic bags still be given, including for damp or loose food items, or for hazardous chemical items such as pesticides. HB 130 does not restrict restaurants; nor does it impose any fee.
Thank you to everyone who supported HB 130 by contacting their legislators or testifying at committee hearings in support of the legislation. The plastic bag ban passed out of the House and Senate and now sits on the Governor’s desk. Governor Carney has voiced support for the ban and is expected to sign it into law.
HB 130 is an excellent and necessary first step towards reducing our harmful dependence on plastics, but we need to go further to keep our communities and environment safe. By addressing paper bags in addition to plastic bags in a bill, we can better encourage the use of reusable bags at checkout and reduce unnecessary waste.
See if your legislators voted in favor of HB 130
If your legislator voted in favor, join us in thanking them. Then ask them to further encourage reusable materials by addressing paper bags and other single-use plastic products such as Styrofoam.
Do not hesitate to email Laura Miller or call Laura at (302) 239-2334 ext. 131 with any questions or concerns.