NUTLEY, NJ - Residents have until Thursday Dec. 6 to take the survey about single use plastic bags. The survey was created by Girl Scout Braden Somers, of Troop 20642, Heart of NJ Council after learning about the impact of single use plastic bags on the environment, food chain, and drinking water.

Fewer than 5% of the four and a half billion plastic bags used every year in New Jersey are recycled. The rest go to landfills, incinerators, become litter, or pollute waterways. When exposed to sunlight, they breakdown into harmful microplastics that eventually wind up in the food chain and our drinking water. 

Somers created an online survey to gather public information about single use plastic bags. The information could help increase the use of reusable bags and may lead to the prohibition of single-use bags. The survey is a part of her project to earn her Silver Award. 

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The online survey is currently active and will be available until Dec. 6.  The survey can be found here:  Nutley Resident Single-Use Plastic Bag Usage Survey - Girl Scout Silver Award

The Girl Scout project consists of two surveys, one for residents and one for business owners.  

According to Braden, eliminating the use of plastic bags will keep our oceans and waterways safer for fish, birds, dolphins, whales, turtles and other aquatic creatures. It will also keep microplastics out of the food chain and our drinking water.  At least 20 other towns and one county in the New Jersey have already introduced a ban of single-use plastics and/or bags.

The survey takes less than five minutes but could have an impact for years to come. and can be found here:  Nutley Resident Single-Use Plastic Bag Usage Survey - Girl Scout Silver Award  is the only locally owned news organization serving the Township of Nutley and is a member of the New Jersey Press Association. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @TAPintoNutley  and Instagram @TAPintoNutley

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