Atlantic County government intends to do its part to reduce the negative environmental impacts of single-use plastic bags and straws by prohibiting their use by visitors to its county park locations and facilities.
“Most single-use plastics are not biodegradable and do not often make it to landfills, instead they litter our rivers, lakes, streams, oceans and bays as well as our beaches and forests – the natural resources that enhance the quality of life of our residents and help attract millions of visitors to our region,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.
Levinson also noted research that suggests the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish by 2050. Studies also found that tiny particles of plastic are already in our food chain and an average person who consumes seafood ingests 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic per year.
An ordinance to amend Chapter 97 of the Atlantic County Code is being introduced on July 3, 2018. It will require a second reading, scheduled for July 17, 2018, before it is approved.
“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,” added Levinson.