Plastic Bag Ban discussion at tonight’s Town Council meeting

Dear Friends of the Montclair Environmental Commission:

We are reaching out to remind you that tonight, Tuesday, June 25th at 7 PM the Town Council will have the First Reading of the Plastic Bag Ban/Fee Program.

All those who support and want to accelerate the approval of this draft ordinance attached should attend.  We especially could use the support of retailers who have already switched to paper bags and/or have been encouraging their customers to bring their own bags and customers who patronize retailers that have eliminated/replaces single-use plastic bags.  
Relevant attachments and link:

Please attend and show support for this plastic pollution reduction ordinance to keep plastics off off our beaches, out of our waterways and away from marine and bird life, etc.  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.


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

Tonight: Green Film Sees Food Co-Ops as a Force for Change

Montclair’s office of Environmental Affairs presents their next free Green Film Series screening on Thursday, June 20, 6:00p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, 07042.

“Food For Change” focuses on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. The film examines the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems.

The project began when award-winning filmmaker and co-op member Steve Alves uncovered historical films and stories about the increase of cooperatives during the Great Depression — achievements which were later thwarted when consumerism and the cold war became dominant economic and social forces.

Additional research revealed how food co-ops re-emerged during the tumultuous events of the 1960s as an alternative to factory farms and corporate grocery chains.

“Food For Change” shows how cooperatives today can strengthen local economies and build food security, educating communities about the principles of cooperation with a focus on healthy food and a healthy economy.

At the open public discussion afterwards, our Green Film co-host is a food co-op organizer and will provide expert insights into the many benefits of co-ops.

Bring a friend, a neighbor, or your family’s foodie hunter/gatherer to this
free event. For questions, call Montclair Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or, email:

Food For Change Trailer 2017 from Home Planet Pictures on Vimeo.

Greener and Cheaper Energy!

Beginning July, 2019 Montclair residents will be getting energy that is nearly double the renewable energy content of the current supply at lower rates thanks to Sustainable Essex Alliance, a Government Energy Aggregation (SEA R-GEA) program initiated by five Essex county Environmental Commissions.

Key facts:

  • Energy supply will be 20% more renewable content than state regulated minimum
  • Cost will be approximately 10% less than the average price of current PSE&G supply
  • PSE&G continues to provide energy delivery, billing, maintenance and emergency services
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