Trenton, NJ, April 22, 2013 (PBBR) - A bill filed in the New Jersey State Legislature would require the New Jersey Department of Environmental Quality to conduct a study of disposable bags.
The bill was filed by Assemblywoman Linda Stender and Assemblyman Albert Coutinho. The bill was filed in the past three legislative sessions.
Text of the Bill:
BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. The Department of Environmental Protection shall conduct an environmental impact study concerning single-use paper bags and plastic bags, and shall make legislative and regulatory recommendations relating to their use.
The study shall consider the energy and resources used in the production, disposal, and recycling of both paper and plastic bags, and any environmental consequences, including environmental damages caused by the littering of bags.
2. Within one year after the effective date of this act, the Department of Environmental Protection shall prepare and submit a final report, including its findings and recommendations, to the Governor, to the Legislature pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), and to the chairpersons and members of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee and the Senate Environment Committee, or their successor committees. Copies of the report shall also be provided to the public upon request and free of charge, and the report shall be posted on the Internet website of the Department of Environmental Protection.
3. This act shall take effect immediately.
Status: Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel
Cover photo: New Jersey State House by Marion Touvel. Released in public domain.