These 13 towns are saying no to plastic bags as Murphy weighs statewide tax
Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
By Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
After a rapid push through Trenton at the end of the last legislative session, a bill to place fees on single-use shopping bags is sitting on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.
But some Garden State towns aren’t waiting for the governor to take action.
Communities across the state, though mostly along the Shore, have either banned plastic bags or put fees on plastic bags and other single-use items. Even if Gov. Murphy signs the bill to create a statewide fee, communities with stricter rules will be grandfathered in.
Here are 13 New Jersey towns, and one county, where plastic bags,and in some cases, straws, forks and styrofoam containers are shunned.
The local ordinances apply to businesses and so far range from outright bans on single-use plastic bags to fees.
Some towns have gone beyond bags as well: Plastic straws, plastic utensils and styrofoam food containers have been targets by new regulations.
In Monmouth County, the tiny borough of Monmouth Beach has been lauded by environmental groups for passing perhaps the strictest plastic regulations in New Jersey.
The community enacted a total ban on plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene (like Styrofoam) food containers; the regulations went into effect on June 1. The borough’s ordinance includes fines of up to $2,400.
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