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New Jersey - Bag Legislation

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Statewide Legislation

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Status Inactive
Ordinance S812 (formerly AB 2121 and SB 456)
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Updated November 24, 2015

Belmar

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/05/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil thick
Reusable Definition A bag that is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time, is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly, is at least 2.25 mil thick if made from plastic, has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses, and is capable of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected For the purposes of this Chapter, any retail establishment that engages in the retail sale of goods and products. The definition includes, but is not limited to, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, clothing stores, surf shops, food marts, and food service establishments.
Compliance Date 05/01/2019
Ordinance 2018-07
Updated July 11, 2018

Borough of Harvey Cedars

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/02/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil thick
Reusable Definition A bag that is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time, is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly, is at least 2.25 mil thick if made from plastic, has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses, and is capable of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected For the purposes of this Chapter, any retail establishment that engages in the retail sale of goods and products. The definition includes, but is not limited to, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, clothing stores, surf shops, food marts, and food service establishments.
Compliance Date 06/01/2018
Ordinance 2018-02
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Updated March 02, 2018

Borough of Monmouth Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/23/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil
Reusable Definition A bag that is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time, is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly, is at least 2.25 mil thick if made from plastic, has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses, and is capable of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected For the purposes of this Chapter, any retail establishment that engages in the retail sale of goods and products. The definition includes, but is not limited to, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, clothing stores, surf shops, food marts, and food service establishments.
Compliance Date 06/01/2018
Ordinance #0-08-18
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Updated June 07, 2018

Jersey City

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Status Pending
Notes On June 6, a bag ordinance was introduced in Jersey City and will be up for first reading on June 13. The bill bans all bags from being provided by retail establishments except for reusable bags and recyclable paper bags. "Recyclable paper bags" is defined as 100% recyclable, at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and labeled as such.
Updated July 11, 2018

Long Beach Township

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/09/2017
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil
Reusable Definition A bag that is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time, is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly, is at least 2.25 mil thick if made from plastic, has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses, and is capable of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected For the purposes of this Chapter, any retail establishment that engages in the retail sale of goods and products. The definition includes, but is not limited to, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, clothing stores, surf shops, food marts, and food service establishments.
Compliance Date 05/01/2018
Ordinance 17-31C
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Updated June 07, 2018

Longport

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/20/2015
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil thick
Reusable Definition "Reusable carryout bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either (i) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, (ii) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick, or (iii) defined as a reusable bag by the commissioner.
Stores Affected
"Covered store" means (i) a food service establishment and (ii) a retail or wholesale establishment engaged in the sale of personal, consumer or household items including but not limited to drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience food stores, or food marts, that provide carryout bags to consumers in which ...view more place items purchased or obtained at such establishment. view less
Compliance Date 08/20/2015
Ordinance 2015-14
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Updated December 15, 2015

Point Pleasant

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Status Pending
Updated June 07, 2018

Stone Harbor

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Status Pending
Updated June 07, 2018

Teaneck

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/06/2017
Plastic Summary Requirements: 3 mil thick
Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag” means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and displays the words “Recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either made from polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material or plastic which is at least 3.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" means any commercial enterprise, whether or not operated for-profit, including mercantile establishments, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores, but excluding bazaars or special events operated by a nonprofit organization or religious institution.
Fees Fee on disposable bags $0.05
Compliance Date 07/06/2017
Ordinance 4070, #18-2017
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Updated August 04, 2017
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