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NJ lawmakers weigh options on how to tweak single-use bag ban

Residents who get their groceries delivered are getting stuck with too many reusable bags.

News 12 Staff

Oct 6, 2022, 10:17 PM

Updated 623 days ago

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New Jersey lawmakers are weighing options on ways to tweak the state's single-use bag ban in an effort to alleviate the abundance of reusable bags some people are facing.
Residents who get their groceries delivered are getting stuck with too many reusable bags. Doug O'Malley, director of Environment New Jersey, testified Thursday in the State House to offer some solutions to the issue.
"And that's to donate those reusable bags to your local food bank," says O'Malley. "The local Community Food Bank of New Jersey has put out a great item on their website allowing you to find your local food bank."
Advocates say bags could go back to the delivery service to get washed and reused again.
"My husband and I, we just threw them in the wash in the gentle cycle and took them out and dried them in the garage," says Donna Gallo, of Metuchen.
Some say one simple solution is to keep the bags in your car.
Lawmakers are also considering lifting restrictions on paper bags for certain orders.


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