Ban the Bag: West Windsor
Town by town, New Jerseyans are saying NO to plastic and Styrofoam pollution in their communities! Will you help us add West Windsor and your town to the list? Join us for a public meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 pm at West Windsor Senior Center, 271 Clarksville Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 - RSVP here.
Clean Water Action's State Director, Amy Goldsmith, will be speaking with the West Windsor Democratic Club & Committee about a proposed bag ban - discussing what towns can do to reduce the use of single-use plastics (adopting ordinances, letter writing campaigns) and also the current challenges facing proposed environmental legislation in the State Legislature.
We'd love it if you could attend to show your support for local and state “waste-less” policies. Even if you live in a nearby town, come by to learn how you can pass an ordinance in your town. Check out our new activist toolkit to learn how!
Help Prevent Waste Before It Starts
There has never been a better time to support efforts to stop the use of single-use disposables and switch to reusables! Over 20 towns, including Point Pleasant and Monmouth Beach, Hoboken and Jersey City, have passed local ordinances to limit the use of plastic bags, Styrofoam and/or straws. Many more towns are starting to consider similar policies. The European Union, NYC and even Maryland have passed laws banning single-use Styrofoam items.
Clean Water Action's ReThink Disposable program is working with local businesses to help make the switch from throwaway foodware items like straws, cups, cutlery and bags to reusables, while helping them save money at the same time.
Plastic pollution in our oceans is one of the most destructive symptoms of the growing global plastic crisis. Recycling and clean-up efforts cannot keep up with the rate at which we are producing new plastic packaging products.
Education and voluntary actions are great, but eliminating the use of single-use plastics and Styrofoam in the first place have proven the most effective solution to reduce pollution and increase the use of reusables.
Local Support for a Statewide Ban
Clean Water Action is supporting a statewide bill (A4330/S2776) to ban carry-out plastic bags, Styrofoam food containers, as well as put a fee on paper carry-out bags and require straws to be served only by request.
As the bill makes its way through the NJ Legislature, we need to build support and momentum throughout the Garden State by ratifying more local ordinances that restrict the use of single-use plastics and Styrofoam.