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Earlier today legislators announced that Governor Phil Murphy will veto a bill that would put a 5-cent fee on plastic grocery bags. Instead, environmentalists are hoping Murphy will ban plastic bags altogether.
Several towns in New Jersey have passed bans on the popular shopping item and Hawaii and California both have bans on non-biodegradable plastic bags and single-use plastic bags respectively.
Most of us use plastic shopping bags regularly and though it can seem convenient, they're harmful to both animals and humans. Plastic bags take between 10 and 20 years to biodegrade but if they end up in the water, they just break down into "microplastics" which never completely decompose.
Read the NorthJersey.com story here.