Ban bags and straws? N.J. proposal would be the strictest in the nation

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MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – The governor wanted more, and that’s exactly what lawmakers are trying to deliver.

After Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed a bill that would’ve created a five-cent sales tax on plastic and paper disposable bags and calling for stricter measures, lawmakers are back with a new proposal aimed at cutting back on plastic waste in the Garden State.

The proposal would ban stores from handing out single-use plastic shopping bags, plastic drinking straws and polystyrene food containers (like foam takeout clamshells) from being used in New Jersey. The bill would also create a 10-cent fee on single-use paper bags, which would finance a new “Plastic Pollution Prevention Fund.” …

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