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Posted on: November 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Plastic Bag Ban

NJ Plastic Bag Ban

Starting May 2022

Most single-use plastic and paper bags will be prohibited in all stores and food service businesses statewide starting in May, 2022 under legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy this week.. The intent of the bill is to significantly reduce harm and pollution that these products cause to the environment. 

Both plastic and paper single-use bags, as well as disposable food containers and cups made out of polystyrene foam, will be banned. Paper bags require resources and energy to produce, which contribute to pollution. 

Moving forward, the focus throughout the state will be on using reusable bags. 

“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,” said Murphy. “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.”  

 The following products will be exempt for an additional two years after May 2022:  

  • Disposable, long-handled polystyrene foam soda spoons when required and used for thick drinks;
  • Portion cups of two ounces or less, if used for hot foods or foods requiring lids; 
  • Meat and fish trays for raw or butchered meat, including poultry, or fish that is sold from a refrigerator or similar retail appliance;
  • Any food product pre-packaged by the manufacturer with a polystyrene foam food service product; and
  • Any other polystyrene foam food service product as determined necessary by Department of Environmental Protection. 
  • Under the new law, food service businesses will be allowed to provide single-use plastic straws only upon request starting November 2021. 

“It’s a good day for marine critters and the power of the people,” said Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action, based at Sandy Hook. “For over 35 years, thousands of COA’s Beach Sweep volunteers have collected over 7.2 million pieces of trash, mostly plastic, off NJ’s beaches. Thanks to Governor Murphy and the NJ Legislature, we’ve successfully drawn a line in the sand and made NJ a world leader in reducing the plastic plague on this marvel of a planet.”

“This is an environmental victory that’s been years in the making,” said Amy Goldsmith, NJ State Director, Clean Water Action, based in Long Branch. “Thank you, Governor Murphy, not once but twice - first for vetoing the 2018 bill that would set back efforts to prevent plastic waste, and now for signing the nation's strongest waste reduction law. It was well worth the wait. New Jersey is now leading the paradigm shift away from single use disposables to reusables.”

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