MADISON, NJ - According to the Madison Environmental Commission, ShopRite in Chatham has continued to uphold the March 1 plastics bag ban. The commission is asking the community to take a poll asking if community members think it's "time to bring back a focus on reusuable shopping bags"?

Take the poll HERE

Madison and the Chathams banned plastic bags at checkout on March 1.  According to their newsletter, the commission shared that the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) has been advocating to keep bans strictly enforced. In the newsletter they say that “there is no rational reason anyone should think using a clean reusable bag from home is less safe than a single-use plastic one from the store. With clean reusable bags there is a clear chain of custody; individuals carry, pack, and clean their own bags, whereas an untold number of people handle the bundles of single-use bags.”

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The newsletter further states that "Drew University professor and Madison resident Lisa Jordan is one of the experts who signed the statement, which she calls "a helpful assurance from the public health community that we can continue to use reusable items responsibly with no additional risk from Coronavirus. The misunderstanding that single-use plastics are healthful needs to change. Plastic materials introduce health harms into the air, ground and water throughout the entire product life cycle: extraction, processing, distribution and disposal."

To see the published signed statement from 100 scientists that are reassuring the public that it's safe to use reusable containers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://storage.googleapis.com/planet4-international-stateless/2020/06/26618dd6-health-expert-statement-reusables-safety.pdf