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Rooney bill creates recycling program for plastic bags

August 1,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Wyckoff NJ,  Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has introduced legislation requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to establish a recycling program for plastic bags and plastic film.

“We know how bad plastic bags are for the environment” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “They constantly litter highways, parks and street corners, clog sewage systems, and easily damage marine and wildlife.”

Rooney’s bill (A4349) requires the department to develop a program for stores and municipal recycling centers to collect and recycle plastic bags and film, such as bread and produce bags, food storage bags, and paper towel and bathroom tissue wrappings.

“It’s not that used plastic bags, wraps and film can’t be recycled, they just need to be recycled differently,” said Rooney.

The department will also develop an education program about the dangers of plastics, how people can reduce their use, and where items can be taken to be recycled. The new program will have no additional cost to the state or local taxpayers.

“Instead of turning to another new, useless tax it’s time we implement real changes to help the environment and residents of New Jersey,” concluded Rooney.

3 thoughts on “Rooney bill creates recycling program for plastic bags

  1. I would be delighted to be able to recycle the plastic that covers almost everything we buy, such as a dozen rolls of paper towels or toilet paper and other collections of smaller bags–Halloween candy and small bags of potato chips, for example. I hope it’s the next big thing in recycling. Makes sense.

  2. This wouldn’t be a problem if the same idiots currently trying to ban plastic bags didn’t go on a tree-hugging crusade years ago to ban paper bags.

  3. Plastic bag over a teenage firl’s head? That’s a rather disturbing and inappropriate image.

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