Reminder: Five-Cent Fee on Single-Use Bags Begins October 1, 2018

Ventnor's ordinance to encourage residents to bring their own bags to stores by placing a five-cent fee on point-of-sale single-use plastic and paper bags will go into effect on October 1, 2018.

As a coastal community, the City believes the ordinance is an important measure that will reduce plastic pollution and protect its beaches and oceans.

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). This does not include plastic produce bags. Restaurants and street vendors are exempt from the fee. 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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