Letter to the editor: Council to vote on Plastic Bag ban

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

I will keep this short and to the point. There is a very important meeting coming up with the Town Council on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Parsippany Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard. It is the the meeting where the vote to accept or reject the ordinance banning plastic bags in Parsippany will take place. It is a public forum and residents will be given time to speak. You are all invited.

If you would like to see this ban passed and if you think we should be more environmentally responsible as a community and if you think this is important for future generations to see us take action now then we NEED YOU to come on down to this meeting.  A physical show of support is the best way to sway council members. Let then see the faces of the people they are working for. Let them hear your voices in support of  a better future for our children. Let them feel your presence as you watch them vote on this ordinance.

I don’t have to repeat all the issues there are with plastics in our environment or give you a list of the dozens of towns or entire states that have already passed this ban.  We all know the facts.  But without this ordinance, it will be business as usual and the local stores will be dispersing tons of plastic into the environment of your town. Let’s put an end to this. We have a plan already in place to phase out single use bags, educate the town on the importance of this ban, and a way to get reusable shopping bags into everyone’s hands. But without this ordinance passing on July 16, we will be back at square one.  In the meantime, the rest of the world has been banning plastic and moving into the future. Parsippany should be a leader, not a follower and you can help with this goal. Come to the meeting! Show you care!  Bring your kids! Plan to speak!

It’s time to be a part of the solution,  not a part of the problem. You will always be able to say you were there when Parsippany moved into the future.

Laura McCluskey