Help Us Pass a Strong Plastic Bag Bill!

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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.

Paper bags take 10% more energy and 4 times more water to produce than plastic bags. Examples from towns and states across the country show that banning plastic bags and placing a fee on all other single-use bags is most effective for long lasting change.

The Solution:

There is new legislation (S2776/A433) sponsored by Senator Smith regarding plastic pollution in New Jersey. This legislation will address a trifecta of waste: a ban on plastic bags, expanded polystyrene food service products, and single-use plastic straws all at once.

Governor Murphy now has an incredible opportunity to veto and fix the industry-backed Bag Bill (A3267/S2600) that is currently sitting on his desk and work with Senator Smith to pass stronger legislation.

Take action - send a note to Governor Murphy and Senator Smith today! Ask them to support the best legislation possible to address single-use polluting plastics - one which benefits our environment and communities and establishes effective enforcement tools with no loopholes.Working together, we can be the solution to plastic pollution. 

We believe A3267/S2600 is problematic because it contains a 5 cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags, but it also pre-empts adoption of any future local bag ordinances that might be stronger. A number of towns have already passed them, like Monmouth Beach and Long Beach. They would be protected. Many more are pending like Point Pleasant Beach and Teaneck, but would be superseded upon the governor’s signing.

New Jersey needs a much stronger bill - one that ultimately bans plastic bags over time, a consumer education component, and proper enforcement tools - to be effective and truly benefit our environment and communities.

Please send Governor Murphy and Sentor Smith a message today. Tell them to protect our environment and communities by passing only the strongest, most effective legislation so we can work toward a better solution to plastic pollution.