Measure on reusable bags advances

Shoppers in New Jersey could soon start getting a 5-cent rebate for each reusable shopping bag they use, and could also see a 5-cent charge

Shoppers in New Jersey could soon start getting a 5 cent rebate for each reusable shopping bag they use and a 5 cent charge for each single use bag

Shoppers in New Jersey could soon start getting a 5 cent rebate for each reusable shopping bag they use and a 5 cent charge for each single use bag (12/17/12)

TRENTON - Shoppers in New Jersey could soon start getting a 5-cent rebate for each reusable shopping bag they use, and could also see a 5-cent charge for each single-use bag thanks to a new bill that advanced today.

The amended bill lowers the charge from 15 cents per bag. It also eliminates a provision that would have required large retailers to scale back on the number of reusable bags they distribute by 75 percent.

Retailers aren't in support of the bill. They say it could lead to economic hardship for business.

The bill was approved by the Senate Environmental Committee.

The goal of the bill is the reduce waste and protect marine life, which is dying as a result of eating discarded bags.

AP Wire Service contributed to this report

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