New Jersey lawmakers pass plastic, paper carryout bag ban
State lawmakers have passed legislation banning single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as plastic foam containers.
The prohibition would go into effect in 18 months under the bill, which goes next to Gov. Phil Murphy.
Murphy has indicated he would sign a bill like the one lawmakers passed after vetoing a measure that merely added a charge to plastic bags. The state Senate passed the measure already.
Eight states have already banned plastic bags. Maine and Maryland have also passed bills banning plastic foam. Hawaii has a de facto ban on paper bags with less than 40% recycled material.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.