Detroit City Council members think it's time for the state of Michigan to get rid of a law that preempts communities from enacting stricter rules on single-use plastics.
Michigan passed the preemption law in 2016, halting cities from regulating single-use plastic containers. (The state already has a 10-cent deposit for carbonated beverage bottles.) On Oct. 3, the council voted unanimously in favor of a proposed bill that would restore local governments' right to set higher requirements than the state. The move recognizes "local governments as best positioned to assess and mitigate the environmental and health impacts of single-use plastics within their communities."
"Detroiters find themselves disproportionately impacted by the entire life cycle of single-use plastics," city leaders said in a news release.
"Our stores are filled with it and our streets are scattered with plastic waste that clog our drains and overwhelm our wastewater system, while only a small fraction of Detroit's plastic waste (4.4 percent) is potentially recyclable," KT Morelli, co-chair of the council's Green Task Force and a delegate for the United Nations Global Plastics Treaty negotiations, added in the release.
Senate Bill 228, calling for eliminating the preemption rule, was introduced in March. The bill is being reviewed by the Michigan State Legislature Committee on Energy and Environment.