NJCCC: Bag Up & Skip The Straw Campaign
TRENTON - (September 29, 2021) - On Nov. 4, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature enacted the most progressive bag ban law in the country.
The law reduces litter and encourages the use of reusable bags by phasing out single-use carryout bags. It bans single-use plastic bags, regardless of thickness, at grocery stores and retail establishments, as well as paper bags at grocery stores at or larger than 2,500 square feet. The law also bans polystyrene foam takeout food containers and other products such as plates, cups, food trays and utensils.
Additionally, as of November 4 plastic straws will only be available upon request.
Data shows a single plastic straw is used for an average of 10 minutes, yet takes more than 100 years to decompose, thus making it a serious threat to our wildlife - especially marine life.
The "Bag Up NJ" campaign is the New Jersey Clean Communities Council’s new single use plastic and paper bag ban outreach campaign, which has a simple message: Bring your own reusable bag(s) when you shop. Get in the habit before the law officially goes into effect on May 4, 2022 in New Jersey.