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READINGTON – The township could also be becoming a member of the rising ranks of New Jersey municipalities outlawing single-use plastic luggage and plastic straws.

The township committee is scheduled to carry a public listening to and a vote on the ordinance at its 7:30 p.m. July 20 assembly which might be held on-line.

The ordinance, already handed on first studying on June 5, will prohibit eating places and companies from offering single-use plastic luggage, foam containers or plastic straws to clients.

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Paper luggage might be obtainable, however it will likely be left as much as the enterprise to determine whether or not to cost for them.

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Eating places and different companies might be allowed to make use of solely paper straws, in accordance with the ordinance.

Take-out meals containers have to be manufactured from recyclable or biodegradable materials.

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If adopted, the ordinance will take impact in January 2021, 180 days after remaining passage and publication.

Companies can attraction to the township committee for an extension to adjust to the ordinance. If the township believes the enterprise has made “good religion efforts” to conform and has “compelling causes” for the request, the township can grant an extension of not more than 180 days, in accordance with the ordinance.

Penalties for non-compliance vary from $500 for a primary offense, as much as $1,000 for a second offense and $2,500 for a 3rd offense.

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The township has two supermarkets, Kings and Bishop’s, each on Route 22 in Whitehouse Station.

Central Jersey municipalities have been reticent to undertake related ordinances, which have been handed by a number of Shore cities and cities like Jersey Metropolis and Hoboken.

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Lambertville handed an ordinance in 2018 which turned efficient this yr. Highland Park, Summit and Cranford have handed related mesaures.

The state Senate handed a invoice outlawing single-use plastic luggage earlier this yr by a 22-14 vote. The state Meeting has but to take motion.

Electronic mail: mdeak@mycentraljersey.com

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