CITY OF BRIGANTINE
RESOLUTION 2011-84

RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE USE OF REUSABLE , CLOTH TYPE, SHOPPING BAGS AS OPPOSED TO SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS

WHEREAS: Non-biodegradable, single use plastic bags are often discarded into the environment and end up polluting our waterways, clogging sewers, endangering marine wildlife and causing unsightly litter.  These bags last hundreds of years in landfills and are a potential source of harmful chemicals when they break down; and

WHEREAS: Americans use 100,000,000,000 plastic checkout bags every year; and

WHEREAS: Plastic bags don’t decompose; they only break down into smaller pieces of poison that pollute our seas; and

WHEREAS: Plastic is responsible for the deaths of over 100,000 sea animals and one million seabirds each and every year; and

WHEREAS: Worldwide, 1.2 trillion plastic bags are used; that is 300 bags for every adult at a rate of over one million per minute.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the City Council of the City of Brigantine, in the County of Atlantic and State of New Jersey as follows:

1. We strongly encourage the residents of Brigantine to use re-usable, cloth type, shopping bags as opposed to single use, plastic bags.

2. We encourage our residents to educate others about how detrimental plastic bags are to our marine life and hopefully enhance compliance through awareness.

THIS RESOLUTION SHALL TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY.

June 11, 2011