Pittsburgh council considering banning single-use plastic bags

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh City Council discuss banning single-use plastic bags after a new resolution was introduced Tuesday.

“It’s not the kind of product that should be used once and then thrown away,” Councilmember Erika Strassburger told our partners at TribLive.com. She introduced the proposal. She said plastic bags harm the city’s recycling machines and slow down the process. She argued that because the state requires recycling programs to be offered, municipalities should be allowed to have their own restrictions.

The resolution could run into a snag, however, as state legislators added a provision to the 2020 budget bill prohibiting local municipalities from banning single-use plastics until at least July. Officials in Philadelphia and several other areas in the eastern part of the state sued the state leaders in March over the prohibition.