By Anne Levin
Some New Jersey residents fighting for the elimination of single-use plastic bags got a New Year’s Day gift last week when it was announced that 10 towns and one county had banned the bags, plastic straws, and expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) from further use. But Princeton was not among them.
Local ordinances have outlawed the products in Asbury Park, Bayonne, Camden County, Garfield, Glen Rock, Lamberton, Paramus, Ridgewood, Saddle Brook, Somers Point, and South Orange. But shoppers in Princeton can still use them — at least for now.
Molly Jones, executive director of Sustainable Princeton, said that while Princeton hasn’t passed an ordinance, eliminating single-use plastic bags, straws, and polystyrene is still very much the focus of local efforts. Jones and colleagues are hoping that a bill geared toward that issue, pending in the New Jersey Senate, will pass soon. And the town doesn’t want to interfere with that process.
“We’ve been getting feedback that there is great hope that it’s going to pass during the lame duck session,” Jones said. “So the feeling is, let’s not put a ton of effort when it could soon be passed at the state level. That’s why less energy has been devoted to this lately, because of this hope that it’s going to pass.” more