Environmental Commission sells reusable bags for upcoming restriction of plastic

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National Junior Honor Society students at Avon Elementary assisted the Environmental Commission in selling reusable multi-cloth bags and spreading information about the statewide plastic ban that goes into effect in 2022.

AVON-BY-THE-SEA — Students in the National Junior Honor Society at Avon Elementary traveled with members of the Avon Environmental Commission to homes in the borough to sell reusable multi-cloth bags and inform residents on the statewide single-use plastic ban that goes into effect in May 2022.

On Nov. 17, students sold multi-cloth bags with educational flyers inside provided by the Environmental Commission in efforts to raise awareness on the plastic ban and promote an upcoming plastic film recycling collection.

“This was really a great effort. The distribution of the shopping bags is something people can use,” said Mayor Ed Bonanno. “The front and back of the flyer provides good information to people about the new plastic bag law.”

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As a part of the statewide single-use plastic ban, only select stores will be able to provide single-use plastic bags and businesses will no longer be able to sell them, according to the flyer for the event. This means that residents will have to purchase or make bags for their own shopping.

The back of the flyer included information on the plastic film recycling collection taking place in the borough in January. The following items will be collected and recycled: grocery bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, ziploc and other food storage bags. Drop off locations include Avon Elementary and the Public Works building. 

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