Camden County, N.J. bans plastic straws at its facilities, events

HADDON HEIGHTS, N.J. – The Democrat-controlled Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted Thursday evening to ban single-use plastic straws at county facilities (including its jail and college campuses) as well as county events.

The ban will take effect on January 1, 2020.

Camden County Republicans are seizing on the ban to make a point about the local Democrat organization’s priorities.

CCGOP Chairman Rich Ambrosino announced that “tiny red plastic straws will be supplied with every drink at [Saturday] night’s CCGOP fundraiser.”

“I fail to see how banning plastics in one of the highest taxed counties in the highest taxed state in the nation helps the hardworking taxpayers of Camden County.” Ambrosino said, “Tomorrow night is our fall fundraiser at Trump National in Pine Hill and I promise there will be a tiny red plastic straw in every drink ordered if I have to buy the straws myself.”

Click here for a link to the CCGOP’s fall gala event page.

A ban on plastic bags state-wide is currently percolating in the state legislature. A growing number of municipalities are adopting their own bans.

Voices on the Right and Left, too, have criticized straw bans as having a minimally-positive environmental impact. Parenting and special needs advocacy groups have also complained that paper straws are difficult for kids to use especially those with developmental or injury-related difficulties eating or swallowing.