Opinion: Lawmakers need to stop stalling and pass bill to end single-use plastic bags in N.J.

Plastic bags at Walmart

JENNIFER M. COFFEY / STAR-LEDGER – The New Jersey Legislature took one step forward and one step back on passing a comprehensive statewide bill to reduce plastic pollution. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee passed what could be the most comprehensive law in the country last week only to have the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee pull the bill from their agenda on December 9th. From what we’re hearing, plastic lobbyists are working over-time and they are getting through to legislators.

Despite Trenton’s inability to take action, local governments are forging ahead. New Jersey communities have adopted more than 100 local ordinances with about a dozen more in progress for this year and dozens more slated for introduction in January 2020 …

Jennifer M. Coffey is executive director of ANJEC.

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