A single use plastic bag ban will be going into effect in Hopewell Borough on Earth Day (April 22nd), according to The Watershed Institute.

Hopewell 5th grade students let their voices be heard by partnering with The Watershed Institute to raise awareness about climate change and other environmental concerns. Working together, they convinced the Hopewell Borough Council to approve the ban on "distribution by businesses of single use plastic bags." It was a unanimous vote by the Council on January 2nd.

To help get the public ready for the ban to go into effect, The Watershed Institute has been handing out free, reusable bags to businesses in the Borough to hand out to their customers, and they've also been handing them out at community and school events. If you haven't gotten one yet and would like one, you may pick one up at several Hopewell businesses when making a purchase. Those stores include Village Express, Michael’s Bakery & Deli, Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn, China Wok, Hopewell House Wines & Liquors, Tomatillos, Hopewell Pharmacy and Hopewell Theater.

Signs will also be posted in Hopewell business parking lots to remind patrons to bring their reusable bags into the stores with them.

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