Plastic pollution: Will New Jersey towns ban all plastic bags regardless of size?

Plastic bag in tree

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – When Hoboken’s plastic bag ban went into effect in January, customers were still able to carry their groceries home in — yes — plastic bags.

Hoboken is one of several municipalities across New Jersey — like Glen Rock, Stafford and Jersey City — whose “bans” still lets customers buy plastic bags that are slightly thicker than traditional grocery store bags and are billed as reusable.

Some environmentalists say this is a loophole that doesn’t do enough to tackle plastic waste in New Jersey. Municipal officials counter that it’s a start toward a complete ban while still greatly reducing the number of bags used by customers …

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