Governor Murphy and our NJ Legislature failed to take action on the bag bill (A.3267/S.2600). In his statement on the veto, Murphy called the issue a "critical policy area" and detailed the environmental threats posed by plastic waste, from clogging urban water infrastructure to littering New Jersey's parks and beaches and threatening wildlife.
We encourage you to take action now rather than wait for the NJ Legislature to do what's right. Here are 4 actions you can take immediately.
1 Act swiftly and join the 50 plus NJ municipalities that have taken local action and pass an ordinance!
A - ANJECs Plastic Bag Pollution Reduction Model Ordinance
B - Ban on Plastic Bags/Fee on Paper with
Merchant Keeping Fee - Model Ordinances: Long Port & Hobokeninfo@anjec.org or (973) 539-7547 for tips on plastic bag ordinances.
2) Host your legislative representative at your next cleanup event! Seeing is believing and there's no better way of learning about plastic pollution. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help get legislatures out in the field with you and provide you with what you need to know to help educate your elected officials
3) Pass a municipal resolution to send a strong message to the NJ Legislature and Governor Murphy that your community wants statewide action immediately to reduce plastic pollution in the Garden State. Click here for a model resolution.
4) Call your legislative representatives plus, Governor Murphy, Senator Smith and Assemblywoman Pinkin asking them to pass a statewide plastic bag bill quickly! Find your legislator.
Tools and resources
Stopping Trash Where It Starts: A Trash Reduction Toolkit for NY-NJ Communities
Sponsored by: New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
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