The owners of the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City announced plans for the entire resort to eliminate the use of plastic straws beginning Jan. 1.
Claridge’s owners, TJM Hotels and Resorts, a division of TJM Properties, said in a Tuesday news release that the company wants to take these actions to prevent ocean-pollution and protect the environment.
“We hope to set an example, especially in Atlantic City for other hotels to step up and do what’s right for the community and iconic beach that our hotel guests enjoy each day,” A. Cern Erenler, vice president of operations and development for TJM Hotels and Resorts, said in a statement.
All four of TJM’s properties in the northeast region will ban plastic straws.
TJM said its plastic straw ban will be part of a much larger sustainability campaign it plans to launch in 2020.
The announcement from TJM comes amidst efforts by the New Jersey Legislature to curtail the single-use plastics statewide, including Styrofoam, plastic bags and straws.
On Sept. 27, the Senate Environment Committee voted 4-1 on Senate Bill 2776, which would bar restaurants, persons and stores from providing single-use plastics. S2776 would also impose a 10 cent fee on paper bags.
Later, on Oct. 29, in a 25-5 vote the state Senate approved a symbolic measure, Senate Joint Resolution 136, which would urge the federal government to require plastics manufacturers to assume responsibility for any pollution their products cause.