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NJ lawmakers pass plastic, paper carryout bag ban

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers have passed legislation banning single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as Styrofoam containers. The prohibition would go into effect in 18 months under the bill, which goes next to Democratic 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 earlier this year. Eight states have banned plastic bags, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Maine and Maryland have also passed bills banning Styrofoam. Hawaii has a de facto ban on paper bags with less than 40% recycled material.

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