Paper or plastic?

How about neither? Is neither good for you?

Last summer, New Jersey was on the verge of becoming a national leader in efforts to curb the use of plastic bags and cutback on plastic waste.

But when a bill landed on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk, it was deemed not strict enough and vetoed. Murphy asked lawmakers to try again.

They did indeed try again, but:

[Senate Bill 2776] [pdf] calls for bans on single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene food containers. It also places a 10-cent fee on paper bags.

But it soon may go even further.

State Sen. Bob Smith, D-Middlesex, the head of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, said he will push for the bill, which he sponsored, to be amended to include a ban on paper bags, as well. Smith said the move is aimed at pushing Garden State residents to further change their shopping habits and bring their own bags from home.

The next step, I surmise, is “Thanks, I’ll eat it here.”


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 May 2019 · 8:03 am

    There’s a funny bit from an episode of Portlandia where the food-store customer forgot his reusable cloth bags* and the clerks shame the heck out of him, and the poor dude is struck trying to juggle his purchases because they have NO bags whatsoever to give him.

    (*Which can harbor some nasty bacteria and require regular washing, something that might matter in states like Nevada where water limitation is a thing)

    A lot of this seems like making things the customer’s problem. I suppose the answer is having stuff delivered, which once again makes it the store’s problem.

  2. McGehee »

    5 May 2019 · 9:01 am

    “I’ll shop at Walmart, thanks.”

    “We don’t have a Walmart here.”

    “Funny, that.”

  3. hollyh »

    6 May 2019 · 11:06 am

    Jeeze talk about snowflakes! I haven’t accepted a used grocery bag in years and years. You do get used to it. Becomes second nature. Lord help us, don’t we owe it to the kids to make SOME gestures towards cleaning up their planet?

  4. hollyh »

    6 May 2019 · 11:07 am

    oops sorry for the typo. I would probably accept a USED grocery bag.

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