City Passes Bag Ordinance in Effort to Prevent Pollution

At the February 22, 2018, Commissioner’s Meeting, the City officially adopted an ordinance that will encourage residents to bring their own bags to stores in Ventnor by placing a five-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags.
As a coastal community, the City believes the ordinance is an important measure that will reduce plastic pollution and protect our beaches and oceans for future generations. The City is the fourth city in the state and the second in Atlantic County to take a stand on this important issue.
The ordinance will go into effect on October 1, 2018. During the next six-months, businesses and residents will be encouraged to make the switch to reusable bags.  The Ventnor Green Team is currently applying for a grant to fund outreach materials and reusable bags for locals to use.
All stores will be responsible for implementing the five-cent fee on both paper and plastic bags (paper is included because the cost to provide them in place of plastic would be a burden to business owners). Restaurants and street-vendors are exempt. Any business found to be in violation of the ordinance will be issued a warning. If a business continues to violate the ordinance after the warning, they will receive a $100 fine for each violation.
All funds generated by the fee will stay with the business.
Anyone receiving nutrition benefits such as SNAP and WIC will not be charged the five-cent fee.

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