The first phase of the “Single-Use Product Regulations” ordinance prohibiting the distribution and use of single-use carry-out bags, single-use plastic straws (with certain exceptions), and expanded polystyrene food service products by commercial establishments goes into effect on January 1, 2024. The second phase prohibiting the distribution and use of plastic utensils begins on July 1, 2024.
Why the Change?
The need for such regulations arises from growing concerns about environmental sustainability and the harmful impact of single-use plastics on our planet. Single-use plastics are notorious for their negative consequences, from polluting our oceans and landscapes to endangering wildlife.
A Two-Phase Approach
The ordinance is structured in two phases to ensure a smooth transition. The first phase, beginning January 1, 2024, will focus on prohibiting the distribution and use of single-use carry-out bags, single-use plastic straws (with certain exceptions), and expanded polystyrene food service products.
The second phase, set to commence on July 1, 2024, will take the regulation further by prohibiting the distribution and use of plastic utensils.
Preparing for Change
To help the community adjust to these changes, Upper Merion Township is taking proactive steps. One such initiative is distributing free reusable shopping totes printed with a QR code. This QR code provides easy access to the Township’s webpage about the ordinance, offering residents a wealth of information to understand the new regulations thoroughly.
Getting Your Free Reusable Tote
Obtaining your free reusable shopping tote couldn’t be easier. You can pick one up at various locations within the Township, including:
- The cashier’s window and the administration receptionist’s window on the upper level of the Township building.
- The permits window on the lower level of the Township building.
- The customer service counter in the Community Center.
This transition towards sustainability wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors, Whitetail Disposal and the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union. Their contributions have made the purchase of these reusable totes possible.
Join Us on the Journey
As we venture into this new era of sustainable living, we invite all residents to join us on this journey towards a cleaner, greener, and more environmentally responsible Upper Merion Township. By embracing these changes, we’re not only reducing our environmental footprint but also creating a healthier and more sustainable community for ourselves and future generations.
Stay informed, get your reusable tote, and let’s work together to make a positive impact on our environment.