Plastic bag bans have already prevented billions of bags from being used, report finds

A plastic bag ban in New Jersey helped eliminate more than 5.5 billion plastic bags annually, keeping the single-use plastic out of the environment where it can harm wildlife and contribute to pollution. However, some researchers question whether plastic bags are truly worse for the environment than single-use paper bags or reusable cotton bags, and some states have passed laws preventing local governments from adopting their own bans on plastic bags.

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