NJ Assembly Fails To Ban Plastic, Paper Shopping Bags

Peter Haskell
January 14, 2020 - 11:32 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New Jersey's Assembly failed to vote on a bill that would have banned plastic and paper shopping bags across the state.

"The paper side of it became controversial," State Senator Bob Smith, who sponsored the bill, told WCBS 880's Peter Haskell.

The state Senate passed the bill, but the Assembly did not vote on it before their legislative session ended on Tuesday.

"The real goal in all of this is to get people to use reusable bags," Smith said.

He says that plastic bags are clogging water ways and interfering with wildlife. "These bags are just killing our environment," said Smith, "and having a public health effect on our health."

Smith says he plans to reintroduce the bill in the next legislative session.

Many cities in New Jersey, including Jersey City and Hoboken, have already banned single-use plastic bags.