Take Action: Ban Plastic Bags in NJ

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We're taking on single-use disposable plastics - please join us!

The Problem:

Consumption of disposable plastics has spiraled out of control - we are causing irreparable damage to our environment, marine life, oceans, and health. That's because it all ends up in our landfills, incinerators, and waterways. Plastic pieces on the ocean surface now outnumber sea life 6 to 1.

Plastic contains chemicals like BPA which are absorbed by the body. Studies show that they alter hormones and disrupt the endocrine system. By refusing to use disposable plastic, we can also improve the health of the ocean and environment around us.

Waste and litter from single-use plastics and other disposable products are creating an environmental crisis. We dispose of 100 billion plastic bags every year in the U.S., over 4 billion of which are used and disposed of in New Jersey. These bags are a threat to our health and environment, harming marine life, clogging storm drains, and releasing toxins into our air and water when disposed of by incineration and landfill.

More litter clean-ups are not the answer.

The Solution:

We need to prevent waste from being generated in the first place. We can easily put an end to our “throw-away” habits by banning some of the most common throw-away items – plastic bags, plastic straws, and Styrofoam. Nearly 20 NJ towns as well as cities, states and countries (India, Canada, UK) around the world have already done so through ordinance or legislation. 

A4330/S2776 will put a statewide ban on plastic carryout bags, polystyrene foam food containers, and single-use plastic straws, as well as put a 10 cent fee on paper carryout bags, but it still needs some improvements. 

Take Action - Ask your legislators to pass a strong ban on these polluting plastics.

Governor Murphy is ready to sign a strong and comprehensive ban on single-use plastics but A4330/S2776 still needs some improvements to truly change our throw-away habits. These improvement should include:

  • effective enforcement from state and local authorities 
  • eliminating unnecessary exemptions such as the limit on square footage of retail space
  • allocating generated funds to waste prevention programs.

Please contact your legislators to make these amendments and pass A4330/S2776.