Ridgewood Plastic Bag Ordinance Effective January 1st, 2020

Posted: Monday, December 02, 2019

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION

RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE ORDINANCE NO 3722 "SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAG REDUCTION" effective January 1, 2020.

Early last year the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee (REAC) decided to join numerous New Jersey municipalities and environmental organizations in opposing the widespread use of single-use plastic bags. In May 2018, at our request, the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce and Ridgewood Guild surveyed their members and asked if they would support or oppose reducing the use of plastic bags. We received four responses, none opposing a reduction.

After addressing other organizations in the Village we proposed that the Village Council pass an ordinance with the result that, after examining the benefits of a single-use carry-out plastic bag ban, they passed the subject ordinance (copy attached) on June 12, 2019. It takes effect January 1, 2020.

The Ordinance follows the broad outline of laws enacted in over twenty municipalities in New Jersey, dozens of towns across the country, several states, most of Europe, Central and South America and thirty-four countries in Africa. These laws are in response to scientific evidence that plastic bags are lethal to sea life and profoundly destructive to recreation areas as well as the environment.

Main Points of the Ordinance

All carry-out single-use plastic bags are prohibited, with the following exceptions: meat, produce, loose vegetables, dry cleaning bags. Similarly, single-use plastic bags will be prohibited at street fairs and farmers' markets, except for individual cheeses, meats, etc.

A business may provide a paper bag at no charge or has the option to charge a fee. The goal is to encourage customers to bring their own shopping bags. Retailers must refrain, however, from charging fees to customers who are enrolled in government welfare programs.

Education

REAC will undertake an educational program for businesses and residents ahead of the ordinance taking effect. In addition, we anticipate that the Village will post a notice on its website and announce the ordinance at meetings.

Please consider the new requirements when ordering supplies for your business.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DETAILS ON THE ORDINANCE
Ridgewood Plastic Bag Ordinance

Sincerely,

Bob Upton
REAC - Chair

C 201-478-2577

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