Plastic Bag Bills
2019 Virginia General Assembly

Now is the time for all good persons to come to the aid of their watershed!
Support these bills as they face an uphill battle toward passage!

The 2019 Virginia General Assembly has seen several litter-related bills introduced to both the Senate and House of Delegates. The Friends of Accotink Creek urge everyone to support these bills that are most relevant to keeping trash out of our waters:

  • HJ 597
  • HB 1669
  • HB 2095
  • HB 2159
  • SB 193
  • SB 1070
  • SB 1116

Read the text of the bills and track their progress using the guide ↓ below ↓ provided by our friends in Litter Free Virginia

Find your Virginia legislators HERE, and let them know you support these bills.

Some text you can use as a model. Modify or personalize as appropriate:

The Friends of Accotink Creek urge your support for HJ597, HB2095 , HB2159, SB193, SB1070, and SB1116, to control the sale of disposable plastic bags. We strongly endorse and support efforts like this to reduce trash in local watersheds. As a Virginia legislator, we encourage you to support the work of your many constituents who participate in stream cleanups, by voting for these bills.

Each year Friends of Accotink Creek and other civic groups mobilize volunteers who clean tons of plastic bags and containers, as well as other trash and debris, from streams that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. Across the United States, millions of tons of plastic waste is washed from streets into waterways, fouling waters for both marine life and human usage.

Reducing consumer consumption of plastic bags, by means of bans, restrictions, and/or taxes, is an effective way to reduce the amount of plastic trash that enters our watersheds, and flows downstream to the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. Besides being an eyesore and a burden to remove, this noxious litter refuses to go away, only breaking down into toxic particles that will be with us forever.

- January 12, 2018

Let's get the bags out of Accotink Creek!