Lambertville passes comprehensive single-use plastic ban, set to start in 2020


BOB MAKIN / MYCENTRALJERSEY.COM – In the wake of Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent veto of legislation to place a 5-cent fee on the purchase of plastic grocery bags, the city set a regional precedent on Monday, Sept. 17, by passing an ordinance that comprehensively bans not only plastic bags, but also plastic straws and Styrofoam and polyethylene products.

The ordinance is expected to influence more towns and perhaps the state to follow the lead of Delaware River town and 20 other municipalities outside of Central Jersey, environmentalists said. But local business owners said there will be a negative impact economically because of the expense of paper products, especially straws …

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