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Lawmakers advance plastic, paper bag fee

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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.

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Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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CPG June 21, 2018 3:49 pm

If you bring your own bags - then the state gets no money. And reducing plastic bags in the trash is exactly the point.

T. Price June 20, 2018 9:18 am

So, what if I use plastic bags again, i.e. for my trash or other uses, then it's not single-use.

John June 20, 2018 10:37 am

Just one more way for the state to take your money.