Virtual Town Hall on Single Use Plastic Bag & Straw Ban

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Though enforcement of the Borough’s Single-use plastic ordinance was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic the ordinance remains in effect, and a new enforcement date has been set by Borough Council for January 1, 2022. Now is the time to get rid of your old plastic supplies and to begin switching to more sustainable products.

Paper bags are permitted as an alternative, but must consist of recycled content and be either recyclable or compostable, and establishments are required to charge and disclose a 10 cent fee on each bag provided to customers, to encourage customers to bring their own bag and avoid using unnecessary bags. The ordinance does not apply to product packaging or bags used to wrap raw food products, such as produce, cheese and meats.

Businesses with unique challenges may request an exemption by petitioning the Borough’s Sustainability Committee.

To help get your questions answered we are having a virtual town hall with the Borough’s Director of Sustainability on Tuesday October 19th from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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