plastic bag ban is good for the planet but bad for low income families, some argue
Use plastic bags in retail locations.
It makes sense because they break down slowly and pollute the way the water is.
However, members of the Township Council will have to amend a regulation designed to guide people through the use of reusable bags by charging them 5 cents for paper bags.
\"It\'s a pretty big problem for a fixed income person,\" said Marcos rodgez, director of human resources for additional supermarkets.
Elderly citizens aged 65 and above will be exempted from age certification.
Customers who receive federal assistance also do not have to pay, but they must verify their identity.
But Rod rigz and other colleagues
Owner Albert Mendes said the rule is only for the elderly and their customers, many of whom receive federal aid with low incomes.
Both said they had to ask customers about their interests, which deprived them of their right to privacy.
\"It not only makes my staff uncomfortable, it also makes me uncomfortable, it makes the customer uncomfortable,\" said Rod rigz . \".
If the measure is passed, Mendes says his customers will shop at Irvington and Newark\'s competitors, who are not subject to township laws.
\"Once I charge, I think the customer will go,\" Mendes said . \".
\"This law is scheduled to be adopted on June 1
Retail stores free one-day grace period for paper bags.
However, the Township Committee submitted a vote on Tuesday night, saying that they would revise certain aspects of the proposed law before reviewing it again.
The chapters of the National Association of Colored People representing oranges and Maples also have legal issues.
In a letter to the town, Tom puyle, chairman of the National Association for the advancement of people of color, said that the identification of the bag must be presented, which may lead to customers shopping elsewhere.
\"Our unit strongly recommends considering the possible impact on consumers, especially our elders and fixed-income consumers,\" Puryear said . \".
However, this is not the only problem.
The town must address other discrepancies caused, such as what happens if items, such as unpacked doughnuts, are placed in paper bags.
Mayor Vic De Luca said that fees should not be charged, but there may be a charge now in the way the regulations are made.
\"What we have now is not completely baked,\" said submitter Dean dagis . \".
Todd Marvel, the local restaurant owner, said that when paper bags are all made of the same material, the town should not distinguish the size of them.
\"I am totally in favor of saving the environment, but they need to rethink these issues and come up with some viable solutions for towns, businesses and consumers.
\"Last year, Maplewood was ready to push the plastic ban until New Jersey began talking about the statewide ban. When Gov.
Phil Murphy has vetoed a statewide law that charges 5 cents for plastic bags, and DeLuca says Maplewood doesn\'t want to wait any longer.
Across the state, several cities have passed laws banning plastic bags.
\"At some point, we have to take steps to protect the Earth,\" DeLuca said . \".
\"People want their children to live on a sustainable planet and they will not deal with the pollution we leave them.
This crosses economic levels and racial boundaries.
Ruthie Wooten says she prefers paper, but she doesn\'t want to pay for it at the extra supermarket where she\'s shopping.
\"I\'m already spending money,\" Wooten said . \" He has been a client for 20 years.
\"It should be free.
\"Cecelia aro, a resident who is shopping at the King\'s food market, said she believes the regulation is good for the town.
She had used reusable bags and hoped that the regulation would facilitate the elderly and others.
\"This should not be a burden for people,\" Cancellaro said . \".
The cashier of the king said that the plastic bags provided were rarely used by customers.
Moreover, the elderly bring their own bags to receive 4-cent refund.
Members of the Township Committee said they were not prepared to move forward until more discussions were held.
This includes alternatives, such as the 100% biodegradable bags recommended by Rod rigz to committee members.
The extension of the regulation will not be too long.
A decision should be made no later than May.
\"They\'re willing to think about what we\'re saying,\" said Rod rigz . \".
\"This is the beginning for us.
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