Kearny council to consider ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags

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The Town of Kearny will consider a full ban on single-use plastic bags during a council meeting scheduled for next week, officials said.

Kearny Town Hall. Photo via Google Maps.

By Corey McDonald/Hudson County View

The ordinance, where the first reading was approved unanimously during a regular meeting last week, would prohibit any business or local service establishments in the town from using single-use carry out bags, according to Mayor Al Santos.

If passed, the ban would not take effect until the beginning of 2021 “to allow businesses to transition out of those bags.”

Afterwards, any businesses violating the ordinance could be fined hundreds of dollars: up to $500 for the fourth infraction, according to the ordinance.

The legislation was a product of the town’s Advisory Committee on the Environment and Sustainability, who recommended the move.

Santos, who said the bags have “a detrimental effect on the environment,” added that the ordinance was “roundly supported by all of the members of the council.”

If it is approved, Kearny would become the fifth municipality in Hudson County to prohibit their use, joining Secaucus, Bayonne, Jersey City, and Hoboken.

Many municipalities across the state have made the move to ban plastic bags, while a statewide ban will likely be considered during the state senate’s next session.

 

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