John FX Keane, the Democratic candidate for New Providence Borough Council, announced a bold plan to reduce waste in New Providence.  The campaign is calling on residents to use reusable or non-plastic bags and straws while shopping and dining across the borough.  The plan calls for phasing out the use of plastic bags and straws for shopping and dining in New Providence over a nine to twelve-month period in partnership with the business community. 

Plastic bags and straws take hundreds of years to biodegrade, pollute our oceans and rivers, and they cause significant harm to wildlife.   This measure is low-cost, reduces the refuse stream and will allow the borough to join many other towns in New Jersey collectively having a positive impact.   

“It’s a straightforward step we can take to protect the environment and be on the right side of history in this issue.  I have spoken with residents and business owners and have gotten a lot of support for this proposal,” said John FX Keane.  “I look forward to working with our local businesses to ease the implementation.”

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This is a popular initiative that has already been adopted in full or in part by a number of local business including NP Bagel Cafe and The Prestige Diner.  It is also being implemented across many communities across the state.  

While this measure was proposed at a recent Borough Council meeting, the Council has not taken any steps to pursue it since they are waiting for a statewide solution.  

Keane responded, “We need to be pioneers in implementing this initiative.  There is no need to wait.”  To support the move away from plastic shopping bags, the campaign is providing free reusable bags as pictured.  For a free bag and more information visit John’s campaign page.