Foundation hopes to start plastic bag ban in Brigantine

    They make for great cooler-side trash receptacles when the beach cans are too far a walk, but the damage plastic bags can do to beaches has sparked action from South Jersey’s Surfrider Foundation.

    Its co-chairs were in Brigantine Saturday to call attention to the pollution on the beach — and others at the Shore. Jeff Hoffberger and Krissy Halkes want Brigantine to be the first city in the state to ban free, single-use plastic bags.


    The Foundation says fewer than 10 percent of plastic bags used annually are recycled and can do damage to the beaches’ ecosystem; turtles will eat them thinking the bags are jellyfish, while other species can become trapped.

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    According to the Press of Atlantic City, Hoffberger and Halkes have been hitting the streets distributing fliers and collecting signatures in support of a ban — something Ocean City has considered, but no other shore town has instated.

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