Barnegat Taking Wait-And-See Approach With Plastic Bags 

Sep 12, 2018

A hot-button issue in local towns this year has been banning the use of single-use plastic bags by businesses. Area communities that have enacted bans include Stafford Township, Long Beach Township, Beach Haven and Harvey Cedars. Proponents of the prohibition say plastic bags are especially harmful to marine animals and are one of the most common garbage items on beaches.In marine environments, many animals, including sea turtles, confuse the plastic littering the oceans for food. For sea turtles, the plastic blocks their digestive tract, leading to a slow death.

“It has been discussed, but we’re taking a wait-and-see approach,” said Barnegat Township Administrator Martin Lisella.“We want to see how it works out in the other towns.”

“We don’t have to rush into anything with this,” said Committeeman Albert Bille. “We want to take our time and make sure whatever is done is fair to both residents and businesses.”

Deputy Mayor Alfonso Cirulli said the town is also keeping an eye on Trenton.

“It’s possible that the state might strongly encourage towns to do it,” he said. “If that happens, then we’re probably going to have to come up with some type of ban.”

Bill Clanton Jr., president of the Barnegat-Waretown Chamber of Commerce, added, “It’s come up in some discussions, but nothing is really definite yet on where we stand. I can understand the environmental concerns because we are a coastal community. We just hope that if something is done, it won’t be harmful to the businesses.” E.E.  







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