BAYONNE, NJ- A recent study by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) suggested that the average human ingests five grams of plastic per year, and hardly a week goes by when news consumers aren’t confronted with a story of commercial fisherman hauling in as much of the pollutant as the catch they are seeking.
It’s with this, and other environmental factors, in mind, one city official suggested, that it’s nearly impossible to dispute the need to ban the use single use plastic bags in retail establishments across Bayonne.
On Wednesday, the Bayonne City Council is expected to approve the measure that will then go into effect on January 1, 2020. Under the proposal plastic straws will also be prohibited.
The meeting will be held in City Council Chambers and begin at 7:00 p.m.
For Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, the body’s president, the issue is one of local significance as she hopes the ban will greatly reduce litter around town. By getting rid of plastic bags, she predicted, local lawmakers will also help rid the city of the issue of the environmental nuissances that often find themselves stuck in trees, clogging sewers, and dirtying alleys.
Also a strong proponent of the action is Third Ward Councilman Gary LaPelusa, who, as the owner of a landscaping company, has first hand knowledge of the local impact of litter and a changing climate. "We care about the environment and that's why we're taking action," LaPelusa said, adding that he and his colleagues chose not to let the stalemate in Trenton over the issue prevent them from doing their part to make a difference.
While quick to say they were both weighing any concerns being brought to their attention LaPelusa concluded that with more than six months until the ban goes into effect residents and local businesses will have time to adjust and that "people will get used to it."
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