N.J. environmentalists credit plastic bag ban with reducing litter along the shore

Tue, 25 Apr 2023 06:09:52 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"From car batteries to roofing tiles, baseballs, nail polish, and a popcorn

These are just a few of the items collected by more than 8,000 volunteers
during the biannual Beach Sweep events along the Jersey Shore in 2022.

Despite the list of oddities, the vast majority of the 376,969 items littering
the beaches from Perth Amboy to Cape May were plastics, according to the 2022
Beach Sweeps report released by Clean Ocean Action this week.

While plastics comprised 82% of the litter collected, the report says the
number of plastic straws and bags actually decreased this year. Clean Ocean
Action Executive Director Cindy Zipf said the drop resulted from a new law that
bans plastic bags as well as foam takeout containers.

“It’s really, really encouraging to see those numbers trending down for the
bags, straws, and foam containers,” said Zipf.

The number of plastic bags collected dropped by 37% compared to 2021, while
plastic straws decreased 39% and foam takeout containers by 38%."

Via The Fixer: March 29, 2023

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
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