I know there has been a lot of talk lately about plastic bags in New Jersey. I didn't know for sure if they were going to be completely removed from stores, but the last thing I did hear was that stores were going to start charging a fee for them.

So it was interesting to read on NJ.com that Governor Phil Murphy has plans to veto a bill that would have made a 5 cent fee a reality for single-use plastic and paper bags. According to the article, some environmentalists are happy about this veto because they would rather see plastic bags be banned completely. Others are upset because they thought the fee would be a great way to start making people think twice about using plastic bags so that there would be less plastic waste.

creative collage of various crumpled colorful plastic bags
Credit: Thinkstock

In the end, I have to say that it's cool to see that more and more topics about preserving our environment are being brought up. For example, I know the movement to ban plastic straws has been gaining momentum and I have seen people refuse them when ordering drinks. Hopefully in the near future we'll see even more people using reusable bags too.


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