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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Plastic Bag Ban new NJ law effective May 4th

On March 21, 2002, the Mayor and Town Council passed Resolution 22-95 endorsing the comprehensive "Bag Up NJ" campaign.

This ban on plastic bags is EFFECTIVE MAY 4, 2022 STATEWIDE

See links and info graphics below for FAQs and more details.

https://bagupnj.com/

https://www.nj.gov/dep/get-past-plastic/

Full Legislation P.L. 2020 c.117 HERE

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New Norms

What is Not Permitted

Exceptions


Grocery Store
 (2,500 sq ft or larger)

  •  Customers bring reusable bags to the store
  •  Store sells reusable bags
  •  Store cannot provide single-use plastic or paper bags*
    This includes:
    • At checkout
    • Curbside pickup
    • Home delivery
  •  Bags for loose items are exempt e.g., produce, greeting cards, flowers etc.
  •  Polystyrene foam for raw and deli sliced meats, including poultry and fish trays are exempt**
  •  Polystyrene foam for grocery items pre-packed by a manufacturer are exempt** e.g., instant ramen noodles


Restaurant
 (includes fast food and food delivery)

  •  Restaurants may provide single-use paper bags
  •  Food served or delivered in plastic, paper, or aluminum containers
  •  Customers bring a reusable bag
  •  Restaurants only provide plastic straws when requested
  •  Restaurant cannot provide single-use plastic bags*
  •  Restaurant cannot serve or deliver food in polystyrene
  •  Paper straws are exempt and can be given without a request
  •  Polystyrene portion cups of two ounces or less, if used for hot foods or foods requiring lids are exempt**
  •  Polystyrene disposable, long-handled soda spoons when required and used for thick drinks are exempt**


Convenience Store

  •  Convenience Stores may provide single-use paper bags
  •  Store cannot provide single-use plastic bags*
  •  Exceptions listed above for grocery store and restaurant apply


Pharmacy

  •  Pharmacy may provide single-use paper bags
  •  Customers bring a reusable bag
  •  Pharmacy cannot provide single-use plastic bags*
  •  Plastic bags for prescriptions are exempt


Retail Store

  •  Retail Stores may provide single-use paper bags
  •  Store cannot provide single-use plastic bags*
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In homes

  •  NJ residents can re-use single use plastic bags at home or in-store
  •  NJ residents can buy and use paper lunch bag
  •  NJ residents can no longer purchase polystyrene plates, cups or utensils.
  •  Plastic utensils or plastic or paper plates or cups are exempt



















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