Opinion: N.J. should ban all single-use bags – both paper and plastic – business group says

Plastic bags at Walmart

LINDA DOHERTY / STAR-LEDGER – The New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) is the only statewide business organization supporting a ban on both paper and plastic single-use bags, and we’re surprised at unfounded attacks from an environmental group. Unfortunately, public discourse has been reduced to blatant mischaracterizations and false narratives to promote an agenda. Let’s review the facts.

Last year, the NJFC took a major step against plastic pollution, supporting a bill to impose a 5-cent fee on both plastic and paper bags at the point of sale. The NJFC was the only business organization to support such an initiative, and we even met with The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), which wrote a guest column criticizing the Food Council on the issue, and others environmental leaders to explain our reasoning …

Linda Doherty is president and CEO of the New Jersey Food Council.

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