FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Borough Council plans to introduce a single-use plastic bag ban ordinance at its next meeting on Feb. 25.

The ordinance is meant to mirror state legislation that is expected in the months to come, borough officials said at Feb. 4 council work session.

Reusable plastic bags provided by customers or paper bags at a fee of 10 cents are within the parameters of the ordinance, which is expected to take effect on Sept. 1, 2020.

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Those on public assistance are exempt from the paper bag fee. The ordinance requires the 10 cent fee per bag for establishments that are 4,500-square feet or more.

Councilwoman Gail Rottenstrich said there would be summer outreach to educate consumers and business owners prior to the effective date. An enforcement mechanism has yet to be determined.