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Aug 31, 2021

Sweep into Action this Fall with COA

By Lori Draz

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Teams are already forming for Clean Ocean Action’s 37th annual Fall Beach Sweeps, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9 am to 12:30 pm.

This twice-yearly cleanup day draws thousands of volunteers of all ages at 60 different locations up and down the New Jersey coast to learn about and remove litter. Since launching the region’s first beach cleanup program in 1985, 147,860 volunteers removed 7,424,453 million pieces of refuse from New Jersey’s beaches and waterways. In addition to protecting marine life by removing harmful debris, the data collected are used to raise awareness of pollution issues and enact policies to reduce sources.

In 2019, 35,124 plastic straws/stirrers, 9,724 plastic shopping bags and 1,920 foam plastic food containers were collected by Beach Sweeps volunteers.

Many single-use items like plastic straws, foam plastic containers and plastic bags will be limited or banned by law in New Jersey starting in November 2021 and May 2022 as a result of the Single-Use Waste Reduction Law, signed on Nov. 4, 2020 by Gov. Phil Murphy. New Jersey’s law is widely regarded as the strongest single-use waste reduction measure in the nation. 

Stores will be prohibited from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers. Grocery stores more than 2,500 square feet will not provide single-use paper carryout bags to customers. All food service establishments will not provide single-use plastic straws unless the customer requests one. All businesses that sell and provide food products will be prohibited from using foam products.

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