CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council unanimously adopted an ordinance that bans single-use plastic bags in a 5-0 vote taken at its regular meeting on Tuesday night.

The Borough Council joins the Chatham Township Committee in passing a measure that will go into effect March 1, 2020.

The difference between the Borough ordinance and the one adopted by the Township is that there will be a 10-cent charge allowed by retailers for supplying paper bags to its customers. Chatham Township's ordinance did not specify a charge for paper bags.

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Chatham Borough Council member Jocelyn Mathiasen explained that the ban was carefully thought out so as to avoid "unintended consequences." She talks about the research that went into the ban in the video below.

Chatham Borough joins 37 municipalities around the state who have banned plastic bags. In addition to plastic bags, as of Sept. 20, 2019, 26 municipalities have banned balloons, 10 have prohibited the use of plastic straw and 12 have banned Styrofoam.