The New Jersey legislature handed sweeping laws Thursday that will ban single-use paper luggage at supermarkets, making the state the primary to codify such a prohibition.
The New Jersey Common Meeting handed the laws by a 48-24-7 vote and now sends it to Gov. Phil Murphy (D). The invoice would ban additionally ban single-use plastic luggage and curb using polystyrene takeout bins.
“The governor is proud to help the strongest bag ban within the nation,” spokesperson Mahen Gunaratna informed The Hill in an announcement. “This invoice will considerably cut back the hurt that these merchandise trigger to our surroundings.”
Eight other states have already handed laws banning using single-use plastic luggage in supermarkets, although a few of these restrictions had been eased because of issues over reusable luggage presumably aiding transmission of the coronavirus.
Environmentalists hailed the passage of the laws as an indication of progress within the effort to curtail air pollution from plastic, paper and polystyrene.
“New Jersey Meeting voted to cross the strongest single-use ban on plastics within the nation to prioritize our wildlife and our communities over limitless plastic waste polluting our waterways,” Doug O’Malley, the director of Environment New Jersey, said in a statement. “We urge Governor Murphy to signal this laws as rapidly as doable.”
Murphy vetoed a 2018 invoice that will have added a 5-cent charge on single-use plastic luggage, saying on the time it was “inadequate.”
Republicans and business teams have come out towards the laws, warning the ban will damage manufacturing vegetation.
“This invoice impacts manufacturing vegetation in New Jersey and New Jersey jobs throughout this horrible financial and pandemic time,” Dennis Hart, the manager director of the Chemistry Council, told The Associated Press.