Opinion: Plastic bags are piling up. This plan will force us to change our behavior

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plastic waste pile

ED POTOSNAK / STAR-LEDGER – Every day, it seems like another company is announcing that it’s taking up the fight on plastic pollution.

Just the other day, the world’s largest seafood restaurant company, Red Lobster, announced it will phase out plastic straws. The restaurant chain joins a long list of institutions — Starbucks, American Airlines, even the city of Seattle — that are addressing our pervasive single-use plastic problem.

The reality is apparent: single-use plastics are an environmental nightmare, and it’s time for New Jersey to lead America in eliminating single-use plastics …

Ed Potosnak is executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. 

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