Monday, January 14, 2013

2013 General Assembly update

The General Assembly's 2013 session opened last Wednesday. Three bills addressing plastic bag litter are on the agenda:

- SB970 (Sen. Adam Ebbin, Arlington/Alexandria) would apply a 5-cent fee to plastic and paper bags provided at checkout. This bill mirrors the DC program and is estimated to generate $26 million annually, directed to the Water Quality Improvement Fund. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Finance; the subcommittee will be hearing testimony Wednesday, January 16 at 9 am.

- HB1381 (Del. Joe Morrissey, Richmond) would apply a 5-cent fee to disposable plastic and paper bags given at checkout at grocery stores, convenience stores, and drug stores. [It's my understanding that this has been amended to include paper bags, as in DC and Montgomery County, Maryland.] It has been referred to the Committee on Finance.

- HB1591 (Del. Onzlee Ware, Roanoke) would ban plastic bags. It has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources.


  1. Hi, what are your plans with the recyclable materials collection? I just want to share a project I once did with my best friend: we hired skip bins in Perth to collect bike rims from the dump and recycled them. We've made use of these rims in our house and the project was a success. Do you think people would cooperate with that kind of campaign if you were to try it?

  2. The bill passed! Yay! But doesn't include "Plastic bags used to carry ice cream, meat, fish, poultry, leftover restaurant food,newspapers, and dry cleaning, alcoholic beverages or prescription drugs. Why not?!
    Newspapers in plastic bags flung unbidden onto driveways are commonly left to sluice down storm drains. Why would anyone defend that?