Atlantic County bans single-use plastics in its parks

Kristen Johanson
August 13, 2018 - 4:23 pm

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ATLANTIC COUNTY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Atlantic County has banned single-use plastic bags and straws inside its parks. The ban officially went into effect Monday.

Visitors who violate the new policy will be issued a warning through August of next year. After that, the county will ticket people to up to $500 per violation.

The hope, officials say, is to prevent non-biodegradable plastics from entering into the food chain, with a specific focus on keeping it out of the ocean.

"Our goal is to be good environmental stewards in maintaining and protecting the more than 7,000 acres of county parks for the use and enjoyment of our residents and visitors now and for many years to come," said County Executive Dennis Levinson in a press release. "This is a first step at the county level, which we hope will be adopted by other entities as well."