The Princeton Merchants Association has launched a single-use plastic bag reduction campaign called “Learning our ABC’s.”
The campaign will encourage the reduction, reuse and recycling of single-use plastic bags. Merchants will be encouraged to ask customers if they need a bag, shoppers will be encouraged to bring their own bags, and bins will be placed throughout town and homes for residents and businesses to collect and recycle plastic bags.
Current participants include McCaffrey’s Food Market, the Princeton University Store, the Whole Earth Center, Craft Cleaners, Sustainable Princeton, the Princeton Senior Resource Center and the town of Princeton.
“The Princeton Merchants Association is very pleased to offer this solution to the community and we look forward to working with our members and non-members to raise awareness around the importance of reducing and recycling single-use plastic bags, film and wrap,” said John Marshall, president of the Princeton Merchant’s Association.
The purpose of “Learning our ABC’s” is to reduce the amount of single-use bags and plastic sent to the landfill, organizers said. The effort follows the best landfill waste reduction strategy by emphasizing reduction first, then reuse, and lastly, recycling.
The Princeton University Store and McCaffrey’s are currently the only locations for public collection and recycling of single-use plastic bags. Utilizing Trex Recycling via McCaffrey’s, as part of the new campaign up to ten new containers will be placed at various locations around town. Residents will also be able to recycle newspaper bags, bread bags, food storage bags and other plastic film such as dry cleaning bags.
To encourage at-home recycling, McCaffrey’s will soon be selling BagSavR receptacles, which shoppers can use to collect plastics to bring back to any local collection container. Shoppers at McCaffrey’s can save $2 on a BagSavR when they bring two full bags of bags back to the store for recycling.
Some advocates for the environment have asked the town to institute a fee of 10 cents per plastic bag at stores in Princeton to reduce plastic bag use. The governing body has so far declined to move on the proposal.