Anything that makes your life better or more convenient, there is always a progressive politician who wants to ban it.
Plastic bags were originally introduced to save trees, but liberals started complaining that people were actually using them.
But now this state’s decision to start banning plastic bags has backfired majorly and made the waste problem much worse.
New Jersey’s plastic bag ban creates a conundrum
Democrat New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and state legislators praised a new ban that banned plastic and paper shopping bags at stores back in 2020.
But according to a new study, these anti-plastic laws have actually made the problem much, much worse.
At the plastic bag ban bill signing ceremony in 2020, Murphy said, “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. 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.”
However, four years later, there’s proof that New Jersey’s ban not only didn’t stop the use of plastic bags but that it actually backfired big time.
A new study released by the Freedonia Group on January 9 found that 53 million pounds of plastic shopping bags were used in New Jersey before the implementation of the ban, but that number skyrocketed to a staggering 151 million pounds since the ban went into place.
According to the Freedonia Group study, the reusable bags that New Jersey shoppers have been forced to use are rarely reused and are usually only used two to three times, on average before being discarded.
Many people in the state have started to use reusable bags as single use bags, so the bag ban has actually made the waste and pollution problem worse.
It’s important to note that according to research, reusable bags are made using 15 to 20 times more plastic than single use plastic bags.
The reusable bags New Jersians pay for at checkout must be used between 11 to 59 times to create any measure of net benefit for the environment.
Therefore, since most reusable bags are only used between two and three times, the overall use of plastic in New Jersey has increased, according to the study.
“Mountains of bags”
A New York Times article reported that “mountains of bags” (of the reusable kind) were starting to pile up in homes throughout New Jersey.
The report was published just three months after the bag ban was implemented, and it stated, “for how many people who rely on grocery deliver and curbside pickup services their orders now come in heavy-duty reusable shopping bags – lots of lots of them, week after week.”
The Freedonia study also demonstrates how the plastic and paper bag ban has created a revenue stream for retailers funded by a regressive tax on New Jersey households.
The study uncovered that one retailer that has 50 stores across the state made close to $42 million off of just reusable bag fees alone.
Retailers are charging consumers 200-300 percent of the cost of reusable bags, leaving the profits for businesses.
Freedonia’s Retailer Cost Analysis found that retailers in New Jersey collect nearly $200,000 to $800,000 each year from each location just from those reusable bag fees, which comprises of 1-2 percent of total revenue for the retailers.
Meanwhile, instead of admitting defeat on the issue, progressives like Democrat New Jersey Senator Bob Smith say, “There’s clearly a hiccup on this,” but that he and his liberal colleagues are “going to solve it.”
Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.