South Orange Plastic Bag Ban to Be Reintroduced as Reusable Bag Ordinance in June
A proposed ordinance to ban plastic bags for commercial point-of-purchase use in South Orange will be re-introduced in June as a reusable bag ordinance, as the Township’s leading business organization and the South Orange Environmental Commission form a task force to refine and reframe the measure.
The announcement comes after a community meeting on April 1 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center to solicit public feedback about the ordinance.
Trustee Steve Schnall indicated that some concerns were raised at the April 1 meeting by business owners with regard to some of the potential exceptions based on their unique type of business. “It was felt that enlisting a task force made up of key stakeholders would result in even greater participation and sense of ownership in the resulting policy,” reported Schnall. “The goal will be to take less than two months to iron out any remaining details on definitions and enforcement. This will be a great way to use the improved ordinance as a springboard to aligning our businesses and consumers so that South Orange will be recognized as an environmentally conscious place to live and shop.”
The task force will be spearheaded by the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA), which manages South Orange’s downtown business district, and the South Orange Environmental Commission.