Earth Day 50th Anniversary

Tomorrow is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. There are some great online events happening this week and there are things you can do outside around your home or apartment.

Stay safe, Montclair!

DateEventTime
4/22 Gardening with Deer Resistant Plants6:00pm EDT
4/22Green Amendment9:00am EDT –
9:00pm MDT
4/22
– 4/24
Three Day Live StreamAll day
4/25 NEEC Gardening for Life Workshop:
The joy of herbs
10:00amEDT

And here are some ideas to support our environment today (and everyday!):

  1. Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
  2. Start a backyard compost
  3. Buy more local and/or organic foods
  4. Purchase eco-friendly products (such as a bamboo toothbrush or clothing from recycled materials)
  5. Plant a native tree or plant
  6. Use less plastic
  7. Use a reusable water bottle and coffee mug
  8. Keep Tupperware and stainless-steel utensils in your car to use for leftovers and takeout
  9. Decline a straw when ordering a drink in a restaurant
  10. Bring your own bags when you go shopping

Thanks to our friends at NJSWEP.

For more options, see visit The Raritan Headwaters Learning Resources

Single-Use Plastic Bans Are Increasing

Acme, Whole Foods, Kings, CVS, etc. – the big box stores in Montclair are complying with the ordinance to not give out single use plastic bags.  Some stores are offering reminders to customers to take their reusables – like the sign in the Acme parking lot in the picture below. Shoppers seem to have easily made the transition to using reusable bags.

The Montclair Environmental Commission is eager to work with retailers, shoppers and the Town Council to craft an amendment for single-use plastic bag reduction applicable to smaller retailers.  Stakeholder meetings will be scheduled once social distancing restrictions are lifted and normal business resumes.

Meanwhile, progress is being made at the state level.  The New Jersey Senate has passed S864 bill which bans single-use plastic and paper carryout bags, polystyrene foam foodservice products and restricts the use of single-use plastic straws. The bill will not become law until it is passed by the NJ Assembly and signed by the Governor. Some municipalities are moving forward with their own ordinances.  On March 31, 2020 the Maplewood Township Committee passed a ban on the use of polystyrene foam containers for use by any food provider businesses in the town, effective October 1, 2020.  The ban also disallows the Township from making a purchase of any polystyrene foam containers or using them for any Township-sponsored events.

Plastic Bag Ban Discussion at Town Council Meeting, Tuesday 7/23, 7:00 pm

Dear Friends of the Montclair Environmental Commission:

We are reaching out to remind you that tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 23 at 7 PM the Town Council will have the Second Reading of the Plastic Bag Ban/Fee Program. Community members will have the opportunity to comment.

We encourage all those who support and want to accelerate the approval of this draft ordinance to attend. 
Relevant links:

Please attend and show support for this plastic pollution reduction ordinance to keep plastics off our beaches, out of our waterways and away from marine and bird life.  Microplastics are showing up in some of the food we eat and drink, as well as in the air we breathe when incinerated. Working together we can greatly reduce the volume of single-use plastic manufactured, use and recycled.

Thanks!

The Montclair Environmental Commission:  Lyle Landon, Catherine Outlaw, Keith Brodock, Imke Oster, Deirdre Malloy, Suzanne Aptman, Janine Salvador, Ben Rich, Siobhan McCarthy, Gray Russell.

No Plastic Bags by Leo Reynolds
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