Plastic bags fee

A Senate committee approved a ban on most single-use plastic bags, straws and plastic foam packagin. The bill now moves on to the full Senate.

TRENTON — The Senate Environment and Solid Waste Committee will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday on a bill and several resolutions to address plastic bag and other plastics pollution in the state.

To be discussed are:

_S2776, sponsored by Senator Bob Smith, D-Middlesex, Somerset; and Senator Linda Greenstein, D-Mercer, Middlesex, a bill to ban single-use plastic bags from being used by most merchants in the state;

_SCR 135, a Senate Concurrent Resolution sponsored by Greenstein that would urge cooperation among all levels of government to clean up plastics pollution;

_SCR 136, sponsored by Smith and Senator Richard Codey, D-Essex, Morris, which urges federal government to require manufacturers of single-use plastic products to assume responsibility for pollution caused by those products;

_SCR137, sponsored by Smith and Senator Paul Sarlo, D-Bergen, Passaic; which urges state Department of Environmental Protection and state Economic Development Authority to establish plastics recycling marketplace.

Following the hearing, a coalition of business groups will hold a press conference arguing that banning single-use plastic bags will unfairly harm poorer people.

The groups include the Asian American Retailers Association and the Commerce and Industries Association of New Jersey.

Listen to the committee proceedings Thursday here.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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