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Lawmakers just voted to ban plastic and paper bags in N.J.

Amanda Hoover | March 5, 2020 | NJ Advance Media |

Single-use bags, both paper and plastic, are again close to being banned in New Jersey.

The state Senate on Thursday voted 22-14 on a bill (S864) that would ban single-use bags and Styrofoam, or polystyrene foam, takeout containers in the Garden State.

It would take effect 18 months after receiving the governor’s signature, and make straws available only upon request after one year.

If the current bill became law, New Jersey would become the first state to ban both plastic and paper bags.

But none of that happens unless the state Assembly passes its own version of the bill and the governor signs it.


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