Bye-bye plastics: Many towns enact ban for 2019

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About a dozen New Jersey towns are putting a stop to plastic bags and plastic drinking straws in 2019.

Town leaders say that the ban is to limit the amount of non-biodegradable waste in New Jersey. Environmentalists say that plastic waste often gets into the ocean, and could be harmful to wildlife.

The bans have left some people wondering what to use for situations like picking up pet waste. But some New Jerseyans tell News 12 New Jersey that there are simple solutions.

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“I use these biodegradable dog bags,” says Metuchen resident Stephanie Kandel “Maybe dog owners that use regular bags that you get from grocery stores…could switch over to biodegradable bags.”

And as for plastic drinking straws?

“I’m big on my reusable cup. Just having people get in the habit of bringing that along with them, or not needing a straw at all,” says Rachel Leber of Metuchen.

Some towns with existing bans or new ones going into effect include: Beach Haven, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Harvey Cedars, Jersey City, Monmouth Beach, Point Pleasant Beach, Stafford and Teaneck. Lambertville’s ban goes into effect in 2020.

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