NJ moving closer to bans on plastic bags, straws and foam containers after delay

Plastic bags at Walmart

SCOTT FALLON and MEGAN BURROW / NORTHJERSEY.COM – After 15 months in legislative limbo, New Jersey lawmakers appear to be on the verge of enacting one of the nation’s strictest set of restrictions on plastic retail bags, foam food containers and plastic straws.

Some details are still being hammered out among legislative leaders who will hold a hearing Thursday on the much-debated plastics bill — the first action since September 2018. But the bill’s primary sponsor said Tuesday that major components remain the same.

The bill would ban plastic bags regardless of thickness, along with clamshell food containers made out of polystyrene foam, said state Sen. Bob Smith, D-Middlesex …

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