Starting January 1, 2020 retailers in Glen Rock are banned from supplying single-use plastic bags at checkout. This ordinance, passed in 2019, eliminates the use of single-use plastic bags in all retail businesses in town.
This means that you, the consumer, will have to bring your own bags into the stores. Paper bags will be available also, but the larger bags may cost you $.10 / bag at checkout. There are some bags that are not included in this ban. These are:
- package bulk items, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candies, or small hardware items;
- contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, or fish, whether packaged or not;
- contain or wrap flowers, potted plants, or other items where dampness may be an issue;
- contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods, or
- contain prescription drugs.
- Dry cleaning bags
- laundry bags
- Dog waste bags
- Garbage bags
Restaurants are also not allowed to use plastic bags for delivery. There may be a charge to the customer for the paper or reusable bag that is supplied.
Why is Glen Rock banning plastic bags?
“Glen Rock’s experience with Plastic Film Recycling in the spring of 2018 showed that similar to a lot of other places, most people in our community have an excess of plastic bags, which are not usually recycled and normally end up as garbage. Plastic bags that end up mixed with other recyclables are also a major contaminant at recycling facilities, leading to daily stoppages of the recycling plant’s mechanical sorting equipment when they become entangled in gears.” per Glen Rock Environmental Commission (GREC).
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