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Shoppers Don’t Want To Pay More For Environmentally-Friendly Packaging

FT. LEE – Shoppers believe that manufacturers should use more environmentally-friendly packaging for their products, but are unwilling to bear the burden of the green initiative, according to data collected by Perception Research Services.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: We have an invasion of phragmites in the wetlands bordering our neighborhood. I understand they are a non-native plant that, if left unchecked, will overrun the whole ecosystem. How does one remedy this situation in an eco-friendly way? — Jeff Willets, via e-mail

Rahway Juniors Show Off Their Rings

RAHWAY — Recently, students from the Rahway High School Class of 2012 received their class rings at the annual Junior Ring Ceremony. This event, which was organized by Vice Principal Chey Rivera along with class advisors Patricia Peloso and Christine McNicholas, gave students from the Class of 2012 an opportunity to learn about the high school’s traditions.

NJ Beach Sweeps Net Record Amount Of Trash

SANDY HOOK – For 25 years, Clean Ocean Action has been organizing Beach Sweeps, where volunteers clean up litter by combing New Jersey’s 127 miles of coastline. In 2010, a record number of volunteers (8,372 citizens) collected more debris than ever (471,321 items).

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: Why don’t cleaning products have to list their ingredients, and are these products tested for what they might do to your health? — Patricia Greenville, Bethel, CT

Official Denies Plans To Open Parkway To Truck Traffic

TRENTON — New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson today announced that a longstanding policy that bans trucks from the Garden State Parkway north of Interchange 105 in Tinton Falls, Monmouth County will remain in place.