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get past plasticThe Cape May Point Environmental Commission (EC) wants to alert residents to the changes in New Jersey law regarding single-use bags, polystyrene foam food service products, and straws. The new law is designed to reduce the distribution of single-use bags, Styrofoam containers, and straws that are harmful to the environment.
 
Beginning May 4, 2022, no stores or businesses in NJ will provide single-use plastic bags tocustomers. Also, grocery stores that occupy at least 2,500 sq. ft. will not provide paper carry out bags. Polystyrene foam containers will not be provided for take-out foods and New Jersey residents will no longer be able to purchase polystyrene plates or cups in stores. Straws will be provided when requested.
 
When shopping you will need to bring bags/containers with you or purchase reusable bags at the store. The law applies to what stores can give you. It doesn’t apply to what you can bring to the store.
 
Detailed information, including waivers on certain items, is available at this site: https://www.nj.gov/dep/get-past-plastic/

Cape May Point is unique among Jersey Shore communities for its natural environment, many trees, and wildlife-friendly gardens. Our quiet residential streets are used more for walking and biking than for motor vehicles. Because of our location along the Atlantic Flyway, Cape May Point is a major rest stop for birds and butterflies migrating north in the spring and south in the fall. Visitors from around the world come here to view wildlife migration.

The Environmental Commission is responsible for the restoration, preservation and development of the natural resources located in Cape May Point. In practice, this involves reviewing, coordinating, researching, and advising the Borough on all environmental matters including the management of public lands. The Environmental Commission is also responsible for maintaining and updating the Environmental Resources Inventory. The most recent update was in 2017 and can be found (along with 10 appendices) in the Environmental Commission folder on the Document Center page.

The Green Team coordinates Cape May Point’s activities for certification by Sustainable Jersey, a prestigious designation for municipal governments in New Jersey.  By supporting community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity, Sustainable Jersey is empowering communities to build a better world for future generations. Cape May Point achieved Bronze Certification in 2017 and was re-certified in 2020.

Click on the following links for information for residents and visitors provided by the Environmental Commission and the Green Team.

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Wildlife

  1. Mayor's Monarch Pledge 2022
  2. Monarch Monitoring Project
  3. Marine Mammal Stranding Center: Give Seals Space
  4. pdf Butterflies
  5. Cape May Nature Guide -  pdf General Information
  6. Cape May Nature Guide -  pdf Birds and Birding
  7. Cape May Nature Guide -  pdf Butterflies and Triangle Park
  8. Cape May Bird Observatory
  9. Cape May Wildlife: An Identification Guide
  10. Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
  11. Foxes
  12. pdf Box Turtles
  13. Skunks
  14. Wild Turkeys

Landscaping & Trees

  1. pdf Borough of Cape May Point Environmental Commission List of Native and Invasive Plants
  2. pdf Gardening For Pollinators in Seashore Coastal Areas
  3. pdf Incorporating Native Plants in Your Residential Landscape
  4. pdf Important reminder about Trees in Cape May Point
  5. Jersey Friendly Yards
  6. Healthy Yards
  7. New Jersey Audubon - Gardening for Wildlife
  8. National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for WildlifeTM
  9. pdf New Jersey's Native Trees, Shrubs & Vines Beneficial to Birds - Seashore Coastal Edition
  10. Rain Gardens - Rutgers Cooperative Extension
  11. How to Make Your Yard Bird Friendly
  12. NJ Invasives Strike Team Do Not Plant List 2021
  13. pdf Invasive Plant and Bamboo Presentation Slides from October 19, 2021
  14. Homeowner Herbicide Guide

Protecting Our Environment

  1. Spotted Lantern Fly presentation
  2. Spotted Latern Fly links to websites providing further information
  3. New Jersey's Fertilizer Law
  4. Cats Indoors: Better for Cats, Better for Birds, Better for People
  5. pdf Feral Cats: Consequences for Humans and Wildlife
  6. pdf How to Dispose of Medicines Properly
  7. pdf Pet Waste and Water Quality
  8. How to Properly Dispose of Your Unused Medicines
  9. pdf Prescription Drug Safety Disposal Program

Recycling

  1. Changes to NJ Plastics Law
  2. pdf Backyard Leaf Composting
  3. pdf Home Composting
  4. Plastic Bags, Wraps, and Film - What & Where
  5. pdf Single Stream Recycling Brochure
  6. Other County Recycling Programs

Parks & Open Space

  1. pdf Beach Management Plan
  2. Cape May Point State Park
  3. pdf Dune Day Year 7 plan
  4. Lake Lily Invasive Plant Project
  5. Lake Lily Porous Pave walkway
  6. pdf Municipal Building Rain Garden
  7. Triangle Park Invasive Plant Project
  8. Triangle Park iNaturalist Project - flora and fauna found by iNaturalists

Pledge of Borough Support for New Jersey's Wildlife Action Plan

  1. Resolution 58-20 Pledging Support of New Jersey's Wildlife Action Plan
  2. New Jersey's  Wildlife Action Plan
  3. New Jersey Focal Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Cape May Point
  4. Critical Habitat Management of Cape May Point Public Lands
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