Asbury Park could be latest NJ town to ban plastic bags; how will it work?

plastic bag in tree

AUSTIN BOGUES / APP.COM – “Paper or plastic?” That question soon might be a thing of the past if environmental advocates get their way.

Asbury Park is the latest New Jersey municipality considering a measure banning plastic bags from being distributed by local merchants. A  City Council vote is scheduled for May 22. The ordinance also would force shoppers to pay for paper bags.

Citing the environmental impact of plastic waste, Asbury Park is looking to join other localities by curtailing plastic waste and encouraging shoppers to bring reusable bags to the store. USA TODAY recently reported that the amount of plastic trash in the North Atlantic Ocean has skyrocketed. See some of that plastic in the photo gallery atop this story …

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  1. Hooray for Asbury Park if they ban plastic bags, joining many other NJ towns. The list of towns did not include Maplewood, but I read elsewhere that Maplewood, my home for 30 years, had also banned the plastic bags recently. It would be so much more efficient if these policies were enacted at the state level, as was done in NY, rather than each individual municipality.


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