NEW JERSEY: A ban on single-use plastic bags just began in New York and New Jersey may soon ban not just plastic, but also paper bags.
The state Senate on Thursday voted 22-14 on a bill that would ban both types of bags. It heads to the Assembly next and then to Govenor Phil Murphy’s desk.
Plastic bag bans are already in effect in Ridgewood, Paramus, Bayonne, South Orange, Garfield, Glen Rock and Asbury Park.
In 2018, Murphy rejected legislation imposing a 5-cent fee on plastic carry-out bags. He called for a “more robust and comprehensive” way to keep plastic bags out of the environment.
“We must break our dependence on single-use bags when going about our daily routines and instead commit ourselves to sustainable alternatives,” Murphy said at the time. “Our responsibilities as stewards of the environment and our natural resources demand nothing less.”
The full text of the bill is available here.