A recent survey conducted by the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center uncovered widespread violations of Philadelphia’s plastic bag ban among food trucks in the city. Out of 25 food trucks and carts surveyed, a staggering 84% continued to provide customers with single-use plastic bags. During the study, only three vendors opted for paper bags, while one chose not to use any bag at all.
City Councilmember Mark Squilla emphasized the importance of businesses adhering to current laws to achieve waste reduction and curb the environmental damage caused by single-use plastics. The plastic bag ban, in effect for two years, covers various establishments, including food trucks, and aims to reduce pollution in the city and its surroundings.
Notably, a prior study revealed that major grocery stores in Philadelphia had achieved over 90% compliance with the ban. To report businesses failing to comply with the plastic bag ban, residents can contact 311.