Single-Use Plastics Ordinance Nearing A Vote In #NewtownPA Township | Newtown News of Interest |

[Image: Elaine McCarron, Vice Chair of the #NewtownPA Environmental Advisory Council, presented details of a proposed ban of single-use plastics at the November 8, 2023, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting. VIDEO LINK:]


The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors is expected to vote at its Nov. 21 meeting to advertise a new ordinance that would ban certain single-use plastics in the township beginning in 2024.

If adopted, the ordinance would restrict restaurants and businesses in the township from using single-use carry out plastic bags and Styrofoam food containers except when required for food safety. It would also prohibited restaurants and businesses from providing single-use plastic straws and utensils except upon request by the customer.

The proposed ordinance would require businesses to post signage informing the public of the upcoming change, according to McCarron.

There will be exceptions, said McCarron. Plastic bag would be allowed to pack perishable items including fruits, vegetables, grains, candy, etc.

The EAC proposed the ordinance as a way to:


  • Curb plastic bag litter on the streets, in the parks, and in the trees.
  • Protect local streams, rivers, waterways and other aquatic environments.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and solid waste generation.
  • Promote the use of reusable, compostable, and recyclable materials within the township.
  • And preserve the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic value of the township.