Eagleswood May Be Next Town to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

By Victoria Ford | Nov 06, 2019

Eagleswood Township — The Eagleswood Township Environmental Commission has raised the question of whether to ban single-use plastic bags from retail establishments, Township Committeewoman Deb Rivas announced during her committee report at the regular meeting of Oct. 28. Further discussion is needed, but the town may consider following the lead of neighboring Stafford Township by banning the bags by ordinance. The bags are generally recognized to be an environmental no-no and a littering hazard that can impact waterways and wildlife.

Not many businesses in town would be impacted, Rivas remarked. Offhand, she listed the deli, the liquor store, Tip’s Hardware and Sea Pirate Campground. Patrons of those businesses would need to adjust their shopping habits by having their own bags or containers to carry purchases to their vehicles.

The committee introduced an ordinance to finance roadwork on Brant and Black Duck drives, off Dock Road, totaling $275,000 – $225,000 would come from the state of New Jersey and the remaining $50,000 would be the town’s share. The ordinance will be on the Nov. 25 meeting agenda for second reading and public comment before adoption.

In other township news, the economic development committee is in need of a volunteer member, Deputy Mayor Nick Sommaripa said.

The town’s annual Christmas tree lighting is set for Sunday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the West Creek United Methodist Church. Refreshments and a bonfire are part of the fun. —V.F.

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