Pass a local ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags & single-use foodware in Montgomery

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Patricia Bajaj started this petition to Montgomery Township Mayor Mayor Sadaf Jaffer and

The Problem

  • We dispose of 100 billion plastic bags every year in the U.S., over 4 billion of which are used and disposed of in New Jersey. These bags are a threat to our health and environment, harming marine life, clogging storm drains, and releasing toxins into our air and water when incinerated and landfilled.
  • Packaging waste (mainly from plastics) accounts for 30% of American household trash and is on the rise. It’s polluting the marine environment at a runaway pace - 80% of ocean litter comes from land based sources. If we continue on this trajectory of global plastic production and consumption, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050 (in weight). The estimated 6 trillion pieces of plastic choking our ocean injures and kills fish and wildlife through ingestion and entanglement and bio- accumulate up the food chain, threatening our health.
  • According to a 2011 Clean Water Action Study, 67% of litter in commercial streets is comprised of single use disposable food and beverage packaging. Clean-up efforts once these materials escape their intended collection systems are not a long term solution, but rather, a short term fix. Plastic pollution in our oceans is also only part of the problem. Even when trash stays within the intended waste stream, it still pollutes our communities and environment. Just because it is "managed" and out of sight does not mean the problem is solved. Landfills and incinerators are hazardous to our health and environment, and to dispose of our waste in these facilities costs our cities and municipalities millions of dollars a year.
  • Communities near trash incinerators, like Newark, NJ, risk higher exposure to toxins in the air, including dioxin and mercury, and ultra-fine particles that are linked to cancers, asthma, and other health issues. The Newark incinerator burns about half of New York City's solid waste and that of several North Jersey towns. Unless we prevent plastic packaging at the source, or point of generation, it’s “management” will continue to be costly and disproportionately impact low income and communities of color where these waste facilities are typically located.
  • We’re up against a powerful plastics industry. Its trade associations (e.g. American Chemical Council) spend millions of dollars a year trying to defeat state legislation and local ordinances to limit use of plastics and foam products, and convince policymakers and public that the answer is to recycle more. Yet National Geographic reported (December 2018) that only 9% of plastics are being recycled.

Solution: Bans and Fees

  • Education and voluntary actions are great, but not as effective in changing consumer behavior as bans and fees. Over 20 towns in NJ have passed local ordinances to limit single-use plastics. A bill (A4330/S2776) has been proposed in the NJ Legislature to ban carry-out plastic bags, Styrofoam food containers, and single-use plastic straws, as well as put a fee on paper carry-out bags. As the bill makes its way through the State Legislature, we need to build support and momentum by ratifying more local ordinances that restrict the use of single-use plastics.
  • Our neighbor, Hopewell Borough, has Ordinance 826 limiting the use of single-use carry out plastic bags by their local businesses. Other NJ towns that are already part of this includes Beach Haven, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Brigantine, Harvey Cedars, Jersey City, Point Pleasant Beach, Stafford Township, Ridgewood, Saddle Brook
    and Somers Point.
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