NEWARK - NJ The City Council on Thursday deferred for a second time an ordinance that would ban plastic bags in Newark.
The city aims to prohibit businesses, including grocery stores, clothing stores and restaurants, from issuing single-use plastic bags, joining other municipalities around the state that have banned retailers from providing anything but recyclable bags at an extra charge.
Councilman Anibal Ramos said one of the reason’s the bill was deferred was so that the city could wait to determine the fate of a bill lingering in the statehouse that would ban plastic bags in all of New Jersey.
Last year, Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags by retailers because he did not believe it was strict enough.
That’s a similar sentiment shared by Newark Councilman At-Large Carlos Gonzalez who still opposes the bill because he wants to see a ban on additional items such as coffee cups, styrofoam and straws.
Gonzalez said the bill would not prohibit Newark residents from shopping in surrounding towns and cities and bringing plastic bags back with them, thus negating the environmental and littering issues the bags cause cited in the ordinance.
“It doesn’t go far enough,” Gonzalez said.
The council on Thursday decided unanimously to defer the ordinance. If adopted when it goes before the council again, the plastic bag ban would take effect six months after final passage.