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Posted on: May 3, 2022

NJ Ban on Single-Use Carryout Bags

The New Jersey Ban on Single-Use Carryout Bags Starts on May 4, 2022

No More Single-Use Carryout Bags

Governor Murphy's statewide ban on single-use carryout bags went into effect on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. According to the Governor's ban:

New Jersey retail stores, grocery stores and food service businesses may not provide or sell single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products. Single-use paper carryout bags are allowed to be provided or sold, except by grocery stores equal to or larger than 2500 square feet, which may only provide or sell reusable carryout bags.

This ban includes polystyrene foam food service products (styrofoam), except in certain circumstances.

Exemptions include: 

  • Bags for loose items like produce and flowers
  • Polystyrene foam for raw and deli meats, poultry and fish
  • Polystyrene foam for items pre-packages by a manufacturer

Bring Reusable Shopping Bags

Remember to bring reusable shopping bags when visiting stores and markets. 

Although some other states with bag restrictions still allow for the purchase of a single-use carryout bag for a nominal fee at checkout, the NJ Bag Ban does not. Therefore, individuals finding themselves in need of a carryout bag will have to purchase a reusable bag or go without.

More Information

For more information, visit nj.gov/dep/get-past-plastic 

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