NJ’s New Plastic Bag Ban

TRENTON, NJ (1,010 WINS) — Starting May 4, the new ban on single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, restaurants and other stores will go into effect in New Jersey.

The new law also restricts paper bags, polystyrene containers and certain other products.

Here’s what you need to know to be ready for change:

Paper bags will not be available in grocery stores over 2,500 square feet. Restaurants are allowed to continue using paper bags.

-Most stores will sell reusable bags, in case you forget yours at home.

-Take-out containers, plates and polystyrene foam utensils are prohibited.

Plastic straws will be available upon request only.

-Other forms of plastic bags for personal use such as garbage bags, food storage bags, poop bags, etc. will always be legal.

-Plastic produce bags in grocery stores and other similar packaging for meat, fish and other foods will still be available.

-Stores or individuals who violate the law can be fined $1,000 for the first offense and $5,000 for all subsequent offenses.

-The law will be enforced by the Department of Environmental Protection.

If you still have questions, you can read more about the DEP website.

Bryce K. Locke