Bagged! Jersey Shore town puts end to plastic bag use

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Plastic bag in lake

BRIAN X. MCCRONE / NBC 10 – Joseph Mancini grew tired of seeing plastic bags floating in the ocean and flapping stuck in trees and fences in his New Jersey shore town.

“Quite frankly, I was tired of seeing plastic bags stuck in trees, fences, on the water,” he said. “People come down to Long Beach Township because it’s a pristine environment.”

So Mancini, mayor of the biggest town on Long Beach Island in Ocean County, decided last year to push for a bag ban. He and other township officials were successful.

Now, after a six-month grace period, a plastic bag ban went into effect May 1 …

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