New Jersey is poised to become the first state in the nation to impose a permanent ban on single-use bags to help reduce pollution and protect the region’s famed shoreline.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently vetoed a proposal that would impose a five-cent fee for all plastic bags; claiming the measure “does not go far enough.”
“Single-use carryout bags—particularly plastic bags—represent a significant source of the litter that clutters our communities and mars New Jersey’s beautiful shoreline and parks,” said Murphy.
The new law –S2776– would ban all food businesses and retailers with stores larger than 1,000 square feet from distributing single-use plastic or paper bags.
“No bags whatsoever … No single-use plastic, no paper,” said the bill’s author.
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