In 60 days, on May 4, New Jersey's bag ban will go into effect. Consumers are encouraged to begin collecting and using reusable bags.
All retail stores, grocery stores, and food service businesses will be prohibited from both providing and selling single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam food service products.
As an alternative, single-use paper bags can be provided and sold, except in grocery stores larger than 2,500 square feet, which may only provide and sell reusable bags.
The ban comes under the heading of New Jersey Public Law. 2020, c 117, a comprehensive state law intended to reduce waste, litter, and pollution. The laws were enacted in 2020, providing retailers and the public with two years to prepare for the changes.
Details about the law are available from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection here. For more information and to know how you can prepare visit bagupnj.com. Business owners and managers can find additional information at business.nj.gov.