PARSIPPANY, NJ – At last night’s Town Council meeting the ordinance that bans single use plastic bags from retail stores was passed unanimously by Parsippany’s elected officials.
The plastic bag ban was put into place with the future of the environment in mind. Not only are plastic bags rarely recycled, but plastic pollution is known to have killed hundreds of marine animals annually. It poses both a public health and environmental risk, damaging the wildlife that surrounds Parsippany which in turn damages its residents.
The solution, the single plastic bag ban, has already been put into action in other towns and cities, and now Parsippany has decided to become a part of it.
During the meeting, Mayor Michael Soriano recognized that the transition will not be easy for the retailer owners of Parsippany. Mayor Soriano promises to “share the burden” of Parsippany’s businesses through thoroughly educating the public during the next few months.
However, Council Vice-President Janice McCarthy articulated a concern of Wawa’s to the committee. Because Wawa serves soup at 160°F, Wawa has requested to be allowed to use polyester bags for the safety of their customers and employees. McCarthy is in favor of granting Wawa this exemption, but public attendants indicated that Wawa should not be granted this exception because other retail stores could ask for this same exception and therefore a loophole in the new ordinance could be abused.
Overall, the meeting on this specific event was a success, as it is a big step for Parsippany that would not have happened without Morris’ pro-active environmentalists. This ordinance will help improve the future of Parsippany and maintain the world we live in.