VERONA, NJ - The Township of Verona is drafting an ordinance for a plastic bag ban. The Plastic Bag Pollution Reduction Ordinance promotes the use of reusable bags by regulating the use of carry-out bags in retail stores and food establishments, prohibiting single-use plastic carry-out bags and requiring a 10-cent minimum charge on compliant carry-out bags (paper and fabric).
If adopted, it will be six months before the ban is fully implemented, giving business owners time to adopt the change.
Businesses can supply two types of compliant bags: paper carry‐out bags and reusable fabric bags. Compliant bags should be available to customers upon request for a fee of at least 10 cents, shown on the customer’s receipt. Businesses keep the entire fee.
Customers can avoid the charge by bringing their own bag or refusing a bag when making a purchase
“The Township feels this is an important step forward for our environment but realize there will be an impact to some businesses,” said Steve Neale, Sustainable Verona Chair. “We would like to have the full support of the business community, so I welcome any feedback.”