New Jersey’s Plastic Ban Law: What you need to know

Starting May 4, 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.

For more about the law, visit the NJDEP website and review the information below.

Food banks and pantries have faced several challenges over the past two years with rising demand for food, supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and inflation straining operational capacity.

Signed by the Governor last month, a new law gives food banks and food pantries another six months to prepare for compliance with New Jersey’s ban on single-use plastic and disposable paper carryout bags.

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