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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GOING GREEN: NY Gov. Cuomo Seeks to ‘Ban Plastic Bags’ from Stores, Shops Across the State
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his new initiative to crackdown on plastic bags throughout the state Sunday; saying the proposal “will reduce litter in our communities, protect our water and create a cleaner and greener New York for all.”
“While the federal government is taking our environmental progress backwards and selling out our communities to polluters and oil companies, in New York we are moving forward with the nation’s strongest environmental policies and doing everything in our power to protect our natural resources for future generations,” Cuomo said in a prepared statement on Sunday. “These bold actions to ban plastic bags and promote recycling will reduce litter in our communities, protect our water and create a cleaner and greener New York for all.”
Cuomo made national headlines late last year after confirming he had secured billions of dollars in tax rebates for a new Amazon headquarters in the New York City borough of Queens; sparking outrage from local residents plagued by aging infrastructure and crumbling subway lines.
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CORTEZ CONFUSION: AOC Says Americans Must ‘Keep Fighting’ Against ‘Plastic Bags at Grocery Stores’
Recently sworn-in Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez set her sights on a new target this week; urging all Americans to “keep fighting” against “plastic bags at grocery stores” to combat the negative impacts of climate change.
Cortez was speaking with local news New York 1 when she abruptly slammed the use of plastic bags while shopping for groceries, saying “I can be upset that I get 10 plastic bags at the grocery store and then have to toss out my plastic bags.”
.@AOC: “I can be upset that I get ten plastic bags at the grocery store and then have to toss out my plastic bags because the recycling program in the area is tough, and that’s ok."
(I'm no scientist but couldn't she say "no thanks" if she doesn't want any plastic bags?) pic.twitter.com/zNwx5ugzDA
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 5, 2019
“All of these are not reasons to stop fighting. All of these are reasons to keep fighting. These are all reasons and pieces of evidence to say, ‘Hey, we need to make it easier to recycle,'” she added.