New Jersey is pushing one of the strictest plastics bans in the nation. But is it enough?

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SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Try to think of something in your life that doesn’t involve plastics.

Chances are, you won’t be able to. Plastic is everywhere, from food containers to your smart phone to the plumbing in your home.

A pliable, inexpensive product, it has made modern life easier across the globe. But that convenience comes at a price.

Plastic litter inundates New Jersey from the Delaware River on its western border, to the Atlantic Ocean on its eastern shore. Rivers and bays carry millions of pulverized pieces so small they enter the food and water supply — and even your body.

It litters beaches, kills wildlife and threatens human health.

“We have become a throwaway culture,” said Serpil Guran, a Rutgers professor and expert in waste management. “We have become used to using something once and then discarding it. And now we are paying for it.” …

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