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New Jersey plastic straw 'request only' rule takes effect as part of new ban
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If you live in New Jersey and like using plastic straws, you might think this news really sucks.
The Garden State on Thursday took a step toward its ban on single-use plastics, as its "request only" rule for plastic straws at restaurants took effect, according to reports.
Beginning Thursday, restaurants, coffee shops and other food service places in the state were allowed to provide plastic straws to customers only if they specifically asked for them, according to NorthJersey.com.
Businesses violating the law can face a $1,000 or $5,000 fine after an initial warning.
The new rule is part of a wide-ranging law signed last year by Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat who was declared the winner of his reelection bid this week – but whose Republican opponent has not conceded following a close vote.
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The law also bans single-use plastic bags from places like grocery stores along with Styrofoam cups and food containers from restaurants beginning next spring.
"Plastic bags are one of the most problematic forms of garbage, leading to millions of discarded bags that stream annually into our landfills, rivers, and oceans," Murphy said last year. "With today’s historic bill signing, we are addressing the problem of plastic pollution head-on with solutions that will help mitigate climate change and strengthen our environment for future generations."
“Plastic bags are one of the most problematic forms of garbage, leading to millions of discarded bags that stream annually into our landfills, rivers, and oceans.”