Montclair Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Nov 30 2019
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On Monday, November 18th, 2019 the Montclair Mayor and Township Council passed an ordinance banning plastic bags at high volume retail establishments.

Before its passage, numerous young students were on hand to speak in support of the ban and to ask that Montclair do all it can to protect the environment. Councilman Sean Spiller fully supported the plastic bag ban and released the following statement on its passage.

“Montclair has long been in the vanguard of pursuing progressive solutions at the local level. By instituting a ban on plastic bags, we are taking a meaningful first step towards environmental justice and doing our part to protect the health of our planet for future generations. I am proud to have helped lead the fight to ban the use of plastic bags in large retail settings in Montclair and I am gratified my colleagues have agreed to move forward with this ordinance. I urge the Council to go a step further and join me in supporting the prohibition of plastic bags in all businesses in Montclair.”

Councilman Spiller continued, “Municipalities throughout the state look to Montclair to set an example for responsible, progressive government. By passing the plastic bag ban ordinance we are leading the way for other local governments to follow suit. Working together, we can help create a safer, healthier world for our children and future generations to come.”

The new ordinance will be enforced as of December 9, 2019 and will only affect high volume real establishments i.e. supermarkets and pharmacies.