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Governor Phil Murphy’s Severe Ban on Plastic Backfires as the State of New Jersey Records a New High in Plastic Consumption

In the year 2022, New Jersey’s state administration ban on plastic bags may have actually done more harm to the environment than good.

Weather experts and analysts across the United States have raised concerns over the gradual increase in New Jersey’s overall greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to the use of plastic while serving and collecting groceries, for the past few years.

New Jersey’s Severe Plastic Ban 

Democratic New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy had, in the month of May last year, administered a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. The intention behind the implementation of this ban was to reduce pollution.

However, a full year later, the effects of the ban have shown a completely different picture. According to a recent report released by the Freedonia Group, the policy appears to have instead, increase the overall consumption of plastics across the state.

Although the environmental effect of the ban has been opposite to what the authorities intended, the introduction of the policy has proven to be a blessing in disguise for retailers in stores across the state.

Although the overall volume of single-use plastic bags across the state had declined by a total of 60% immediately after the ban was introduced, reports from that time have suggested that the switch to reusable plastic bags had increased total plastic consumption of the state by a whopping 300%, in order to meet the fresh created demands and produce more durable replacements.

In addition to this, about six times as much woven and non-woven polypropylene (NWPP) plastic was used to make these reusable replacement bags.

Plastic Ban: Boon or Bane?

According to reports released by the Freedonia Group, there was also a significant increase in the profit made by the front-end business grocers in the state.

The report revealed that after the implementation of the ban, a typical store had the potential to generate an approximate profit of $200,000 at any given location in the state, by selling the reusable bags, which are typically used at least three times or less on by an average person, before being thrown out.

Although the implemented policy did not produce the exact results that the New jersey state authorities had predicted it would, the policy did receive some sort of achievement by its implementation in the state.

Numerous New Jersey environmentalists, environment experts, and nature enthusiasts had given credit to state Governor Murphy and his team for introducing the policy, since the policy did help, to some extent, in reducing the amount of waste that was piling up on along the New Jersey’s beaches.

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