NEWARK, NJ, Jan. 14, 2020 (Local News) -New Jersey lawmakers are still considering banning the plastic and paper bags many have used for years to carry groceries or takeout food home — but it’s not happening right away.
The state Senate voted Monday on an amended bill that would ban both single-use carryout plastic and paper bags, as well as Styrofoam cups and food containers, within two years. Also, restaurants would be allowed to give out plastic straws only if a customer asks for them.
But the state Assembly did not vote Monday on the latest version of the bill (S2776). Because New Jersey’s two-year legislative session ends at noon on Tuesday, the measure will have to be reintroduced and considered again in the next session.
Eight states and hundreds of towns across the U.S. — including dozens in New Jersey — have already banned single-use plastic bags. But a statewide ban in the Garden State has been more elusive.
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