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New Jersey - Bag Legislation

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Statewide Legislation

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Status Pending
Updated January 02, 2019

Atlantic County

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/05/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil thick
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple, long-term reuse, made of cloth or other machine- or hand-washable fabric or made of other durable material, including plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected It shall be unlawful for any user and/or visitor of the Atlantic County Park System to utilize single-use plastic bags
Compliance Date 08/01/2019
Ordinance Chapter 97, Article XVI
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Updated November 13, 2018

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

Bradely Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/01/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil thick
Paper Summary "Single-use paper carryout bag" shall mean a single-use carryout bag that is made of paper.
Reusable Definition "Reusable carryout bag" means a bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, that has handles, a non-woven polypropylene bag that has handles, or a durable polyester or polypropylene bag that has handles and is at least 2.25 mils thick, and which is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse
Stores Affected "Store" means a hardware store, liquor store, drug store, convenience store, supermarket, food service establishment, restaurant, clothing store and other retail establishment of any kind.
Fees $0.05 paper bag fee
Compliance Date 10/01/2018
Ordinance 2018-20
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Updated December 03, 2018

Brigantine Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/05/2018
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 Any business required to obtain a Mercantile Licence persuant to Chapter 210. This includes, but is not limited to, drugstores, pharmacies, gorcery stores, supermarkets, convenience food stores, food marts and restaurants, that provide carry bags to consumers in to which to place items purchased or obtain at such a n establishment.
Compliance Date 06/01/2019
Ordinance Ordiance 21
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Updated November 13, 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

Stafford Township

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/07/2018
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, 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, distribution, or 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 08/07/2018
Ordinance 2018-06
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Updated December 03, 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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