Lawmakers are pushing ahead with a bill to impose a fee on “single-use bags,” – plastic and paper bags – at 5 cents a bag.
Senate and Assembly budget committees Senate Bill 2600 and Assembly Bill 3267, respectively. Under the legislation, store operators would keep a penny for each bag, with 4 cents going to the state.
“Plastic bags themselves can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, and they never decompose completely just becoming microscopic pieces of plastic,” the NJ Sierra Club said in May. “These minuscule pieces of plastic can leach toxins into the soil, groundwater and enter our food chain if eaten.”
Under the proposals, any town or county that has already enacted its own restrictions on plastic bags would be allowed to keep those rules in place.