The 2018-2019 NJ Legislature failed to pass several important environmental bills, including the widely supported ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene.
It is imperative that the NJ Senate and Assembly leadership and Murphy Administration act swiftly to reintroduce and pass this bill at the start of the 2020 term.
Hawaii, California, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Oregon, and Vermont have already passed statewide plastics bans. S864/A1978 will make New Jersey’s one of the strongest in the country, banning all disposable carryout bags, polystyrene foam containers, and requiring single-use plastic straws to be provided only upon request.
Despite overwhelming public support and over 50 local plastics bans, NJ’s failure to pass a bag and foam ban came down to political squabbling among legislative leadership. New Jersey residents deserve a legislature that responds to the concerns of the public and our call to action against plastic pollution.
Ask your legislative leadership to pass a strong ban on these polluting plastics now.