Past Time for a Plastics Ban

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At the Monday, January 27, conference meeting of the Township Council, the Ad Hoc Plastic Committee discussed a proposed ordinance banning plastic bag use at Livingston businesses, as well as a list of additional regulations. The list included limiting the use of paper bags, Styrofoam, single use plastic utensils, plastic straws, and more. If it felt like déjà vu for those in attendance, that was because those same findings were presented to this same Council last October. In between, the state passed nothing at the end of 2019, which had been referenced as a reason the Council had held off on drafting a town ordinance last fall.

At the end of that January meeting, the Council agreed to firm up their opinions on what a potential ordinance should specifically cover. Talks continued at the Monday, February 3, meeting. During the discussion, deputy mayor Shawn Klein asked the Council to set a timeline to draft an ordinance; it ended with the Council again agreeing to circle back to the subject at its next meeting, on February 24.



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