What is Single Use Plastic Pollution?
Single-use plastics are items that are generally used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. Most common examples are plastic bottles, bags, Styrofoam, straws, cigarette butts, monofilament fishing lines and balloons. New Jersey residents alone go through 4.4 BILLION plastic bags each year.
Plastics have been found in the food we eat and the water we drink and threatens our $44 billion coastal economy and the 838,000 workers employed in the fishing and tourism industries. ANJEC is here to provide guidance and feedback on municipal ordinance. Please note that the language in the State bill (S864/A1978) continue to fluctuate and we attempt to provide the latest information. ANJEC is here to provide you with resources and tools to fight plastic pollution in your municipality.
- ANJEC Model Single-use Plastic Pollution Reduction Ordinance
- · Stop Plastic Pollution in NJ Fact Sheet
- A guide to Local Plastics Ordinances
- Plastics-Free Community Engagement Ideas
- Glen Rock Bag Ordinance
- Hoboken Bag Ordinance
- Sea Isle City Balloon Ordinance
- Leonia Styrofoam Ordinance
ANJEC has compiled more tools that can be used at the local level: strategies for public engagement, scientific reports, sample press releases, fact sheets, marketing programs and more.
Email ANJEC or call 973-539-7547 for assistance.
For Student in Environmental Field
$1200 Scholarship to be awarded for 2020
The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) is offering a $1200 scholarship for a student entering his/her junior or senior year at a New Jersey college or university.
The Lechner Scholarship Fund is a living memorial to Hermia Lechner in recognition of her many years of dedicated service and contributions to the preservation of open space and natural resources in New Jersey. The scholarship is granted to encourage qualified students to pursue a career in a field related to environmental protection.
Click here for application. Deadline Friday, May 1, 2020.
ANJEC has joined other environmental organizations in opposing natural gas development using hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) that threatens the quality of our waterways by extracting millions of gallons of water from the Delaware River and its tributaries. The water is then laced with toxic chemicals including volatile organic chemicals and carcinogens like benzene, methyl benzene, and formaldehyde and injected below ground into the well. The process releases these as well as naturally occurring toxic chemicals that are trapped in the shale deposits, and brings them to the surface in the wastewater.
ANJEC supports a ban on hydrofracking and for regulation by the Delaware River Basin Commission to prevent pollution and avoid degradation of the water resources and ecosystems of the Delaware River Watershed.
At least three New Jersey municipalities have enacted ordinances banning fracking and dozens of NJ communities have passed resolutions opposing the dangerous consequences of hydrofracking.