STAFFORD – It is time to keep your reusable shopping bags in your car and have them ready for use. On July 17, the Stafford Council approved an ordinance regulating and limiting the use of plastics in the township at a recent meeting.

This ordinance was was worked on for a number of months.  The council meetings were met with some opposition from residents and an official concern by former councilman Steven Jeffries. The council was interested in meeting with local businesses to listen to their input. 

Stafford's purpose in the ordinance is to limit the use of plastic bags usage and encourage reusable canvas bag usage in the township.  Area residents who shop at ALDI and in other area stores like BJ's are already using reusable canvas bags.

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These are the following exceptions per the ordinance:

  • Dry cleaner and door hanger bags
  • Bags sold in packages i.e. garbage liners
  • Bags for produce, meat, fish, poultry, frozen foods, flowers, deli, etc.
  • Customers using food assistance programs
  • Bags used for live fish
  • Bags used for medical purposes
  • Bags used to deliver newspapers

Area businesses have 120 days to switch over after the official passage date.