Plastic Bag Ban on Beach Haven Agenda Thursday

May 21, 2018

The Beach Haven Borough Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 24 at  1 p.m. to  discuss a proposed ordinance prohibiting businesses in the municipality from distributing single-use plastic carryout bags. Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis said the meeting would feature a presentation by Angela Andersen, Long Beach Township recycling coordinator.

“We’re looking to have some other presenters as well,” said Davis. “We’ll also take comments from the public.”

Davis said she is “100 percent behind the ban,” saying plastic bags are especially harmful to marine animals and are one of the most common garbage items on beaches. She said that 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.

“As a shore community, we have a moral obligation to do what we can to protect the environment,” she said. —E.E.

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