Charlottesville has become the latest Virginia locality to adopt a 5 cent fee on single use plastic bags. With a vote of 4-0, Charlottesville City Council members are encouraging community members to use reusable bags and move away from dangerous single use plastics commonly littering the environment.
In response, Environment Virginia State Director, Elly Boehmer, issued the following statement:
Virginia’s waterways and wildlife are among the Commonwealth’s best assets and by taking action on this dangerous single use plastic, leaders across the Commonwealth, including those in Charlottesville, have chosen to put the planet over plastic.
By approving the fee, local leaders have recognized what most Virginians already know: a lot of waste comes from things we don’t need and we know we shouldn’t use, including single use plastic bags. This trash ends up in our open spaces and waterways, where it endangers wildlife. Nothing we use for five minutes should pollute our planet for generations to come.
Environment Virginia has talked to tens of thousands of Virginians about plastic pollution and we are excited to see localities starting to take action on one of the most harmful types of single use plastic. We thank the county Board of Supervisors and the city council members that have passed this fee in their locality for their leadership on this issue. We look forward to seeing more cities and counties across Virginia adopt the fee as well as encourage our state leaders to go even further by taking statewide action.