Republican Freeholders Frank Formica, Maureen Kern, and James Bertino announced that a measure to protect Atlantic County’s waterways through the elimination of plastic products passed the Atlantic County Freeholder Board.

“It is time to place our beaches, lakes, and full community first,” Freeholder Chairman Frank Formica stated. “During my time volunteering at Patcong Lake, I’ve seen firsthand the need to clean our waterways.

By urging our local municipalities to start using alternatives to plastic bags, we can eliminate harmful pollution in our community.”

Freeholder Formica added that he is currently in the process of eliminating harmful plastic bags from his own life, including the removal of plastic bags in his business.

In 2015, Longport Borough became the state’s first municipality to ban plastic bags.

“A clean ocean is a bipartisan issue,” Freeholder Vice-Chair Kern said. “We are not only urging municipalities to find alternatives to plastic bags but additionally protecting our ocean and beaches for future generations.”

Plastic bags have proven to be a non-biodegradable product that has become harmful to the ocean and marine life.

“The removal of plastic bags from Atlantic County municipalities is an investment in our community,” Bertino added. “By encouraging businesses to find reusable alternatives, we are protecting the future of Lake Lenape, the Great Egg Harbor River, and our other waterways.”

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