September 23, 2020
By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch
Right after many decades of campaigning to conclusion plastic air pollution, tens of countless numbers of handwritten letters to the condition Legislature, the adoption of additional than 55 regional ordinances and a effective Senate vote in March, “the New Jersey Assembly has lastly taken actions to transfer the one-use carryout bag and styrofoam ban forward,” Preserve Barnegat Bay Executive Director Britta Wenzel stated in a message to supporters of the group, which endeavors to restore and protect Barnegat Bay and its ecosystem.
The legislation – S864/A1978 – would ban one-use plastic baggage and polystyrene foam meals containers, and make disposable plastic straws accessible only by ask for. As Wenzel defined, “It also goes one stage more than policies in other states by banning disposable paper baggage to reach the true intention of bag bans: to inspire buyers to reuse and bring their own durable, washable bags to the retail outlet.”
Help save Barnegat Bay is inquiring state citizens to assistance push the invoice through the Assembly by calling District 9 legislators Sen. Christopher J. Conners, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, at 609-693-6700 the District 10 delegation of Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, at 732-840-9028 and N.J. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin at 732-855-7441.
The measure is posted for a vote in the Assembly this Thursday, Sept. 24. “We require you to urge your legislators to do anything they can to be certain the monthly bill passes,” stated Wenzel.
She included, “Waste prevention and reuse is the vital to reaching a zero waste round economy that finest serves individuals, businesses and the ecosystem, and that starts with banning these widespread unsafe single-use disposables.” —J.K.-H.