A plastic bag stuck in a Monmouth Street tree last winter; a house on Washington Street that’s part of the new historic district.
Actions taken Monday night at the bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank Council.
A ban on plastic bags that’s been fluttering around since late last year was re-introduced last night, but instantly got snagged over a question of definition.
Councilwoman Grace Cangemi said the law as worded might not have its intended effect of ending the distribution of lightweight supermarket bags. The ordinance, she says, bans non-recyclable bags, but grocery bags are recyclable. She also raised questions about a provision requiring compostable bags; neither the borough nor the county landfill, she says, has the industrial capacity needed to compost the bags.
Councilman Mike DuPont, who sponsored the ordinance, disagreed that the county doesn’t have the ability to compost the bags, and urged an end to what he called “objections and obstructionism.” A public hearing and possible adoption vote on the ordinance is expected August 25 at 7:30p.