The legislation, which environmentalists say is the broadest in the nation, will help in the fight to remove toxins that are plaguing the state’s waterways and help prevent plastics from entering people’s bloodstreams through styrofoam containers. Eight other US states have already enacted plastic bag bans, and two states have passed bills banning styrofoam containers.
Critics of the bill say that doing away with styrofoam can cost school districts millions of dollars.
The bill, if signed into law, would implement a 2-year phase-out of single-use bags and styrofoam containers.
Governor Murphy last year vetoed a bill to place a surcharge on plastic bags, saying that he wanted more robust legislation to be introduced.