Zero Waste Working Group reforms to deal with plastic bag issue
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club supported a statewide ban in Delaware on the provision by retail stores of free non-biodegradable, single-use plastic bags, and we urged statewide elected officials to pass legislation to that effect. This action would promote the health and safety of wildlife, watersheds, coastal ecosystems and marine environments. It would also protect the natural beauty of our communities, conserve our oil supply, increase the longevity of landfill space, and reduce trash management costs to taxpayers.
While we were unable to find a sponsor for this bill, Senators Connor and Clouter introduced Senate Resolution 24, requesting that that the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Zero Waste Working Group work with all interested parties to develop a plan with proposed legislation to be delivered to the Senate of the 147th General Assembly in January of 2013. This resolution passed the senate unanimously, with a vote of 21-0.
the Zero Waste Working Group began meeting in August 2012, and will continue to meet monthly, until a plan is drafted. For more information about this effort, or to become involved in the Sierra Club's efforts to ban the free distribution of plastic bags in retail stores in Delaware, contact our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Stephanie Herron at Stephanie.Herron@sierraclub.org.