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New Jersey Bag Ban Followed By Increased Use Of Plastic

January 22, 2024 |

Credit: Image by Muhammad Naufal Subhiansyah from Pixabay

Governor Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) and New Jersey state legislators touted a new law banning plastic and paper shopping bags at stores when they enacted it in 2020. According to a new study, however, passage of New Jersey’s anti-plastics law has been followed by a near tripling of plastic consumption at Garden State checkouts.

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Argument Continues Over Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

January 26, 2024 |

Nearly two years after New Jersey banned single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, people still don’t agree if it was a good idea.

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NJ SEED: It seems that the use of plastic bags has actually increased even though grocery stores no longer provide them free of charge. The NJ Food Council claims billions of plastic and millions of paper bags have been kept out of the waste stream. Environmental groups claim the number of store and shopping bags found (on NJ beaches) decreased by about 37% compared to 2021. Another study shows that the use of plastic bags has nearly tripled since the ban was adopted. More needs to be done to reduce the amount of environmentally unfriendly items getting into the waste stream - more laws, more restrictions.

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