Most in line with the ban on plastic bags West Chester – Daily Local

WESTERN CHESTER – About 80-85 percent of the county’s restaurants and retailers are enforcing the new ban on disposable plastic bags and straw, according to rough estimates by Sustainable Development Director Will Williams.

Williams told the district council at a working session on Monday that he had made 89 “friendly visits” to the plant since the ban on disposable plastic bags and straws was introduced in the city from Jan. 1.

Williams said businesses initially reacted to the new ordinance slowly, initially executing about 20 percent.

Williams’ visits usually cause complaints. For businesses that still use disposable plastic bags, Williams provides information on the ban, his contact information, answers questions and said he sometimes “slightly abuses”. Williams tells businesses that do not comply with the rules that the district intends to comply with them and that the community is watching.

“I’m here as a resource and to help them accomplish,” Williams told the council. “It’s confusing that the start date has been postponed twice.”

Students at West Chester Friends Elementary School lobbied the council to make a decision in 2017-2018. The launch of the program was postponed for 2.5 years, including due to a ban by Governor Tom Wolf.

Williams noted that some businesses make the honest mistake of using plant-based packages that are not biodegradable. He said the material used is durable enough to make surgical pins and artificial cartilage without collapsing in landfills or the environment.

He also said businesses are having a hard time with supply chains and buying the right bags.

Education is a struggle with high turnover. Rite Aid was the only retailer to date violated after Williams ’third visit. Almost immediately Rite Aid staff responded and said the dealer would comply.

Williams said while law enforcement is handling the complaints, the district does not want to “force” businesses.

“Performing duties is harder than we thought,” Williams said.

There was a rupture with Amish merchants working in the weekly Grower’s Market. Without cell phones, emails or websites, the director of sustainability said it was difficult to communicate with the Amish.

District Council Chairman Mike Stephen spoke about law enforcement.

“There has to be some control or responsibility,” Stefano said.

“I don’t think we expected how hard it would be,” Williams said.

West Goshen and Philadelphia have recently made similar decisions, and Williams expects the same from East Bradford, West Whiteland and Tredifrin.

Williams tilted his hat in front of students at a school of friends.

“It all started with a group of children,” he said.

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