Lambertville is the latest of nearly two-dozen towns across the state to ban single-use plastic bags, Styrofoam and polystyrene foam containers and plastic straws.
The city council Monday approved an ordinance that would bar businesses from providing single-use carryout plastic bags, Styrofoam and plastic straws. The city will start with a voluntary opt-in phase beginning Oct. 1, after which the ban will become mandatory on Jan. 1, 2020.
The decision comes less than a month after Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed a 5 cent fee on plastic bags.
A week before, the state Legislature signaled its plans to move forward with Assembly Bill 4330 and Senate Bill 2776, which would prohibit restaurants and stores from providing plastic bags and straws as well as Styrofoam, according to Senate Environment Chair Bob Smith, D-17th District.