NJ lawmakers renew debate over banning single-use shopping bags

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DAVID LEVINSKY / BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES – Is a thicker plastic shopping bag preferable to a thin one?

That was a question posed to New Jersey lawmakers Thursday as they once more began debating a proposal to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic and paper bags and polystyrene containers.

Legislation to try to address so-called “plastics pollution” from shopping bags has been kicked around Trenton for years now without ever becoming law. The latest proposal to ban both non-reusable plastic and paper bags was believed to be close to gaining enough support but was one of the casualties during last session’s lame-duck …

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