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Environmental Sustainability

I support the many NJ municipalities that have enacted laws to reduce or eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags, cutlery, and drinking straws. Not only does this save energy and reduce waste, but it reduces the eight million metric tons of plastics our country adds to our oceans each year. That’s about 17.6 billion pounds — or the equivalent of nearly 57,000 blue whales — every single year. By 2050, ocean plastic will outweigh all of the ocean’s fish. And plastic is extremely dangerous to marine life and the ocean’s ecosystem. Plastic is also pervasive in landfills where they take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Some laws recently enacted in New Jersey require restaurants to provide straws only upon customer request. A growing list of communities have banned plastic bags altogether. 

I’d like to help our residents and businesses shift away from our reliance on these types of plastics now rather than waiting for state bans that are likely coming. The time is now to take action to protect our community and planet. I think Bernards Township – known throughout the state as a great place to live and raise a family – can also be respected as a great steward of our environment. Until our county or state implements laws to reduce the supply of plastics, let’s take a pledge to reduce our demand for plastic and handle the disposal of plastics more responsibly. I’m often impressed by our neighbors at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, Cava at Bridgewater Commons, and Profeta Farms in Flemington, all of whom have implemented compostable plastics and responsible recycling practices. Verizon Wireless, headquartered right here in Bernards Township, also made a pledge just this year to go carbon-neutral by 2035.

Bernards Township should be part of that positive change. What can our residents do today? The first but impactful  steps — bring your reusable bags when you shop.

Please read more about improving our environmental sustainability.

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