Editorial: NJ single-use-plastic ban takes shape as towns keep pressure on

Plastic bags at Walmart

THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – The statewide movement to prohibit single-use plastic bags has grown since it started four years ago in Jersey Shore municipalities. The additional motivation to prevent bags from contributing to the ocean’s plastic pollution crisis prompted several towns to ban stores from providing carryout bags — including Avalon, Beach Haven, Brigantine, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township, Longport and Stafford Township.

Last month, Somers Point joined them, changing its ordinance that allowed customers to purchase plastic bags for 5 cents each to prohibiting stores from providing them as of next year. Many shoppers will be affected, since the city hosts a ShopRite that is the region’s largest-volume supermarket and an Acme …

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