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New Jersey passes ban on both plastic and paper single-use bags at large grocery stores

Added 09-25-20 04:23:02pm EST - “New Jersey lawmakers passed the strongest ban on single-use containers in the nation on Thursday.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “New Jersey passes ban on both plastic and paper single-use bags at large grocery stores”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The bill bans single-use plastic bags and single-use paper bags at grocery stores that are 2,500 square feet or larger. Polystyrene containers and plastic straws are also banned but consumers could ask for a plastic straw.

The ban takes effect in 18 months and imposes a $1,000 fine for a second offense and up to $5,000 in fines for third and subsequent violations.

“This bill literally will kill jobs in New Jersey for some of our current manufacturing facilities and is sending them to arguably the world’s largest polluter which is China that manufactures the reusable bags,” Schepisi said on the Assembly floor.

Democratic Assemblyman John McKeon shot back at a comment from Assemblyman Brian Bergan that called the bill “lunacy.”

“You know what lunacy is?” said McKeon, one of the bill’s sponsors. ‘There’s about to be more plastics than fish in our oceans and waterways.”

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