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Plastic Pollution Reduction Act

On Nov. 3, 2020 Governor Murphy signed into law the strongest plastics legislation in the country. The Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (A1978/S864) is now the law of the land.  The law includes a full ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam food service products. Large stores will be banned from providing paper bags, while small businesses will be allowed to provide paper bags for free as they always have. It is critical that we cut down on paper bag usage, as the production of paper bags causes three times the carbon emissions as the production of plastic bags. Plastic straws will be made available at restaurants and bars by request only. 

NJ Clean Communities funds will also be set aside for the first three years to help local governments with educational efforts and the purchasing of reusable bags for residents.

Thank you to the Mayor and Town Council who supported the Montclair Environmental Commission’s proposed plastic reduction ordinance over a year ago.  It will remain in place until the state law goes into effect in May 2022. Thanks to Montclair’s citizens and retailers for making it an easy transition.  We are now one step closer to a plastic-free future!

Green Film Double Feature

Double Feature Explores How We Can Protect Local Rivers and Trees

Montclair’s Office of Environmental Affairs presents a free double-feature screening on Thursday, March 21, 6:00 p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, 07042.

River’s Journey” tells the story of the rise, fall, and rise again of the Whippany River in Morris County – a river not far from Montclair – that was once so polluted by papers mills, chemical plants, and raw sewage that it was actually being treated like a sewer, rather than as a precious natural resource.

The Whippany River

Led by Hanover Township’s health officer, the community rallied to confront both corporate and neighboring municipal interests – and took positive action – to restore the river to its natural beauty and an asset for the community. Peter Coyote narrates this inspiring story.

For the evening’s second film, we witness the alarming story of how Emerald Ash Borers have now infested trees throughout 37 states.  “Trees in Trouble: Saving America’s Urban Forests” reveals how a community in Ohio confronted their tree crisis and fought the invasive pest by taking action and working together. Through partnerships with scientists, city officials and everyday citizens, this community was able to fight the pest and protect their urban forests for future generations. 

The film also explores the rich history of urban forestry in the United States and the exciting new research linking human health and trees.

Bring a friend, a neighbor, or your family naturalist to these free screenings, and to our open discussion afterward featuring experts in their respective fields. For further questions, call Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or email: grussell@montclairnjusa.org.

March Meeting

Tonight’s meeting of the Montclair Environmental Commission will be held in the Council Chambers on the first floor of Town Hall, 205 Claremont Ave, Montclair New Jersey at 7:30pm. All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Agenda: March Agenda

Minutes: TBD

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