New Jersey’s push to curb plastic pollution is in jeopardy and paper is to blame

Plastic bag in lake

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – An 18-month effort to pass one of the nation’s most stringent set of regulations to curb plastic pollution by banning most retail store bags, foam food containers, some utensils and plastic straws appears to have fizzled out as Trenton reaches its legislative deadline on Monday.

And the culprit, ironically, is paper.

The Senate, Assembly and governor’s office were at a stalemate late last week over a portion of the bill that also bans paper bags at grocery stores and other retail establishments …

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