New Jersey Bag Legislations

Statewide Legislation

Status Approved
Status Date October 10, 2020
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Bans plastic bags store and food service
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Non given- bans all paper bags in groocery only
Reusable Definition 10/4/2020 governor signed, 8/24/2020 passed senate and house “Reusable carryout bag” means a carryout bag that: (1) is made of polypropylene, PET nonwoven fabric, nylon, cloth, hemp product, or other machine washable fabric; (2) has stitched handles; and (3) is designed and manufactured for multiple reuse
Stores Affected
(1) no store or food service business shall provide or sell a single-use plastic carryout bag to a customer; and (2) no grocery store shall provide or sell a single-use paper carryout bag to a customer. “Store” means any grocery store, convenience store, liquor store, pharmacy, drug store, or other ...view more establishment. “Food service business” means a business that sells or provides 4 food for consumption on or off the premises, and includes, but is 5 not limited to, any restaurant, café, delicatessen, coffee shop, 6 convenience store, grocery store, vending truck or cart, food truck, 7 movie theater, or business or institutional cafeteria, including those 8 operated by or on behalf of any governmental entity. “Grocery store” means a self-service retail establishment that occupies at least 2 [4,500] 2,5002 square feet and that 2 [primarily] 2 10 sells 2 [a full-line of] 2 11 household foodstuffs for off-site 12 consumption, including, but not limited to, fresh produce, meat, 13 poultry, fish, deli products, dairy products, canned foods, dry foods, beverages, baked foods, or prepared foods. 4 14 “Grocery store” shall 15 not include an establishment that handles only prepackaged food that does not require time or temperature controls for food safety. view less
Fees None
Comply Date May 01, 2022
Ordinance SB 864
Notes https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp
Updated December 09, 2020

Asbury Park

Status Approved
Status Date June 13, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable carryout bag shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either: a. Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; b. Made of polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material or plastic that is at least 2.25 mils in thickness; or c. Defined as a reusable bag by the City Manager or his/her designee
Stores Affected
Covered store shall mean (i) a food service establishment, and (ii) a retail, wholesale or service establishment engaged in either the sale of personal, consumer or household items, or the provision of services, including but not limited to drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience food stores, food marts, hardware ...view more liquor stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, or other retail establishments of any kind, or service establishments of any kind, including but not limited to beauty salons, etc., that provide carryout bags to consumers in which to place items purchased or obtained at such establishment. view less
Fees $0.10 per paper bag
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance 2019-23
Updated October 02, 2019

Atlantic County

Status Approved
Status Date July 05, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
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
Comply Date August 01, 2019
Ordinance Chapter 97, Article XVI
Updated October 02, 2019

Atlantic Highlands

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper carry-out bag provided by a Business or Street Vendor to a customer at the point of sale that meets all of the following requirements: (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) below of this definition, the paper carry-out bag shall contain a minimum of 50 percent recycled, with at least 40 percent postconsumer content, materials. (b) An eight-pound or smaller recycled paper bag shall contain a minimum of twenty percent postconsumer recycled material. (c) Printed on the paper carry-out bag is the minimum percentage of postconsumer content.
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 mils thick if made from plastic, has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses, and is capable of carrying a minimum of 15 lbs.
Stores Affected
Any retail establishment that engages in the retail sale of goods and products. This definition includes but is not limited to pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, clothing stores, liquor stores, food marts, bars and food service establishments that provide carry-out plastic bags to consumers in which to place items ...view more at such an establishment. view less
Ordinance 008-2019
Updated October 02, 2019

Avalon

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 80% Min Recyclable
Details:
  • Paper bags made from a minimum of 80% post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag means a carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: a. Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; b. Has a handle; c. Is constructed out of any of the following materials: 1. Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; or 2. Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils; and 3. Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which for purposes of this subsection, means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet.
Stores Affected
Business Establishmentmeans any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit. This term is inclusive of any store ...view more business which sells or offers goods or merchandise, located or operating within the Borough of Avalon, including those referenced in Food or Grocery Establishment and Food Provider. view less
Comply Date June 01, 2019
Ordinance 779-2018
Updated October 02, 2019

Bayonne

Status Approved
Status Date June 19, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.20mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag shall mean 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 shall mean a bag with handles 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 2.25 mils in thickness and meets the following criteria: 1. Has a minimum lifetime capability of 125 or more uses carrying 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet; and Is capable of being washed so as to be cleaned and disinfected multiple times.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment shall mean any commercial enterprise, whether or not operated for profit, including, but not limited to, mercantile establishments, department stores, food service establishments, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, supermarkets, clothing stores, seasonal and/or temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and stores which sell household goods, or any ...view more commercial establishment not specifically identified herein utilizing Disposable Plastic Carryout Bags for the convenience of merchandise, but excluding bazaars, fairs, carnivals or other special events operated by a nonprofit or religious institution. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance 0-19-39
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Updated October 02, 2019

Beach Haven

Status Approved
Status Date August 13, 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.
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.
Comply Date August 01, 2019
Ordinance Chapter 213/ Ordiance # 2018-22C
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Updated October 02, 2019

Belmar

Status Approved
Status Date May 05, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
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.
Comply Date May 01, 2019
Ordinance 2018-07
Updated October 02, 2019

Berkley Heights

Status Approved
Status Date April 16, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 10.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Carryout Bag" means a paper bag that meets all of the following requirements:It is one hundred (100) percent recyclable overall;It can be composted; and It displays the words "recyclable" and/or "reusable" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" is a durable carryout bag with stitched handles for reinforcement made from any natural or synthetic material other than plastic film, including, but not necessarily limited to, woven or nonwoven plastic or cloth, that is at least ten (10) mils thick, and that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and that is machine-washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected regularly. Customers who possess Reusable Bags that they acquired from any other vendor that is not a Township Retail Establishment may use such Reusable Bags in Township Retail Establishments.
Stores Affected
"Retail Establishment" means any store or commercial establishment, whether or not it is operated for profit, that sells perishable or non-perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer and is located within the Township's geographical limits. This definition shall include, but is ...view more limited to, the following: drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, farmers markets, grocery stores, food trucks, convenience stores, clothing stores, hardware stores, indoor or outdoor markets, street fairs, and other seasonal or temporary retail operations, and any other entity that engages in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that may include, but is not limited to, milk, bread, soda, and snack foods; and public eating establishments (i.e. restaurants, take-out food establishments, or any other business that prepares and sells made-to-order food or beverages to be consumed on or off its premises, whether for dine-in, take-out, or delivery purposes). view less
Fees The fee for a Recyclable Paper Carryout Bag shall be at least ten cents ($0.10) but not more than tw
Comply Date December 01, 2020
Ordinance Chapter 8.62 (Ord #2-2020)
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Updated June 04, 2020

Borough of Harvey Cedars

Status Approved
Status Date February 02, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
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.
Comply Date June 01, 2018
Ordinance 2018-02
Updated October 02, 2019

Borough of Monmouth Beach

Status Approved
Status Date May 23, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
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.
Comply Date June 01, 2018
Ordinance #0-08-18
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Updated October 02, 2019

Bradely Beach

Status Approved
Status Date July 01, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 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 and which is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse 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
Comply Date October 01, 2018
Ordinance 2018-20
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Updated October 02, 2019

Brigantine Beach

Status Approved
Status Date September 05, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
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.
Comply Date June 01, 2019
Ordinance Ordiance 21
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Updated October 02, 2019

Camden County

Status Approved
Status Date October 18, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Stores Affected
At this time it only effects County Facilities and County Sponsored events. They will look at expanding to retailers and restaurants after the first of the year. The Board’s ban will affect vendors who work with Camden County, Camden County College’s bookstore and cafeteria, the Camden County Jail and Juvenile ...view more Center, the Camden County Library System, all county-sponsored events, vending machines in County facilities, and the County restaurant. view less
Fees $0.10 on paper bags
Comply Date January 01, 2020
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Updated January 02, 2020

Cape May

Status Approved
Status Date January 20, 2020
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Reusable Definition Reusable carryout bag means a bag, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, that has handles; or a durable polyester bag that has handles and which is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Stores Affected
"Business Establishment" means any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers at the point of sale through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit. This ...view more is inclusive of any store or business which sells or offers goods or merchandise, located or operating within the City of Cape May, including those referenced in "Food or Grocery Establishment," and "Food Provider". view less
Comply Date February 18, 2020
Ordinance 385-2019
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Updated March 06, 2020

Chatham Borough

Status Approved
Status Date October 15, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 10.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A durable carryout bag with stitched handles for reinforcement made from any natural or synthetic material other than plastic film including, but not necessarily limited to, woven or non-woven plastic or cloth, that is at least 10 mils thick, and that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and that is washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected regularly.
Stores Affected Any establishment that conducts retail trade as defined in Chatham Code Section 165.10.
Fees $0.10 for paper bags
Comply Date March 01, 2020
Ordinance 2019-14
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Updated December 10, 2019

Chatham township

Status Approved
Status Date October 10, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 10.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A recyclable paper carry-out bag is a paper bag that is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall, contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: Shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either made cloth or other machine washable fabric or from polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material.
Stores Affected
Any store or commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items, directly to the customer and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the Borough. Retail establishments include: a business establishment that generates a sales or ...view more tax; a drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, liquor store or other commercial entity engaged in the retail sale of goods; a public eating establishment (i.e., a restaurant, take-out food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises); and a business establishment that sells clothing, hardware, or any other nonperishable goods. view less
Fees Fee for paper bags determined by retailer
Comply Date March 01, 2020
Ordinance 2019-17
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Updated December 10, 2019

Collingswood

Status Approved
Status Date October 15, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Carryout Bag. A paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: (1) contains no old-growth fiber; (2) is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent post-consumer recycled material; (3) is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard 06400; (4) is accepted for recycling in curbside programs in the Borough; (5) has printed on the bag the name of the manufacturer, the location where the bag was manufactured, and the percentage of post?consumer recycled material used; and (6) displays the word ?Recyclable? in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag. 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
Retail Establishment or Retail Store. Any retail establishment or retail store shall mean any commercial enterprise, whether or not operated for-profit, including, but not limited to, mercantile establishments, department stores, food service establishments, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, supermarkets, clothing stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, special event vendors, farmers, ...view more vendors, jewelry stores, and stores which sell household goods, or any other commercial establishment not specifically identified herein, which may utilize single-use plastic bags for the conveyance of merchandise by its customers in the Borough of Collingswood. view less
Comply Date April 15, 2020
Ordinance 1669
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Updated December 10, 2019

Cranford

Status Approved
Status Date August 19, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • No plastic
Reusable Definition Reusable bags made of washable material, with stitched handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. A bag is suitable for multiple reuse if it is machine-washable or is made from a material that can be otherwise cleaned and disinfected.
Stores Affected Any store or commercial establishment that sells products, perishable or otherwise, directly to customers. Retail establishments include, but are not limited to, drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, fast food establishments, clothing stores and hardware stores.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance 2019-10
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Updated December 10, 2019

Eeast Brunswick

Status Pending
Updated December 10, 2019

Fair Haven

Status Approved
Status Date August 19, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper carry-out bags and reusable bags. A recyclable paper carry-out bag is a paper bag that meet all of the following minimum requirements:t is one-hundred-percent recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled material;It can be composted; and It displays the words "recyclable" and/or "reusable" in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A reusable bag is a bag made of cloth or other washable fabric with handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following additional requirements: It has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses; It can carry a minimum of 22 pounds; It is machine-washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; It does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations; and If made of plastic, it is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected Business or Store. 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.
Comply Date February 01, 2020
Ordinance 2019-10
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Updated December 10, 2019

Garfield

Status Approved
Status Date August 13, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A reusable bag is a bag made of cloth or other washable fabric with handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following additional requirements: It has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses; It can carry a minimum of 22 pounds; It is machine-washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; It does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations; and If made of plastic, it is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected Business or Store. 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.
Comply Date January 01, 2002
Ordinance 2820
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Updated December 10, 2019

Glen Rock

Status Approved
Status Date April 10, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper carry-out bags and reusable bags. A recyclable paper carry-out bag is a paper bag that meet all of the following minimum requirements: is one-hundred-percent recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled material; It can be composted; and It displays the words recyclable and/or reusable in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A reusable bag is a bag made of cloth or other washable fabric with handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following additional requirements: It has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses; It can carry a minimum of 22 pounds; It is machine-washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; It does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations; and If made of plastic, it is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected
For the purpose of this section a retail establishment/store shall mean: any commercial establishment whether or not operated for profit, including, but not limited to, mercantile establishments or stores that engage in the sale of goods and products. The definition includes but is not limited to: pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, ...view more stores, clothing stores, dry cleaner, food marts, and food service establishments seasonal and temporary businesses, home based businesses, indoor and outdoor markets, street fairs, which utilize plastic carry out bags for the conveniene of merchandise. view less
Fees $0.10 per reusable or paper bag
Comply Date January 20, 2020
Ordinance 1799 (117-19)
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Updated October 02, 2019

Harding

Status Pending
Updated December 10, 2019

Harrington Park

Status Approved
Status Date April 16, 2020
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • no plastic
Paper Summary
Details:
  • “Recyclable Paper Bag” means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable.
Reusable Definition “Reusable Bag” means a bag which can be reused many times. It is an alternative to single-use paper and plastic bags
Stores Affected “Store” means any commercial or non-commercial enterprise engaging in Retail Sales. selling or offering goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise retailers.
Fees $0.10 per reusable or paper bag
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance 737
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Updated June 04, 2020

Haworth

Status Approved
Status Date September 26, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper carry-out bags and reusable bags. is one-hundred-percent recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled material;
Reusable Definition Reusable grocery bag shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that  is (i) specifically designed and manufactured for at least 175 uses; (ii) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet, (iii) is machine­ washable or  made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; (iv) contains a  minimum of 20 percent post­-consumer recycled material if made from  plastic. and minimum 3 mil plastic bag printed as reusable so that it is clear to the customer.
Stores Affected
Retail   sales   establishment  shall  mean   any   person,   corporation,   partnership,   business   venture,   or   vendor   that   sells   or   provides   merchandise,   goods   or   materials   directly   to   a   customer,   whether   ...view more   profit   or   not   for   profit,   including   but   not   limited   to   restaurants,   pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and  temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores. view less
Fees Paper and reusable - $0.10/ bag
Comply Date March 24, 2020
Ordinance 19-11
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Updated December 10, 2019

Highland Park

Status Approved
Status Date February 05, 2019
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
Details:
  • A recyclable paper carry-out bag that is 100% recyclable. This definition specifically includes the following in the category of compliant paper bags: Coated paper pharmacy prescription bags. Gift bags that are provided as part of the retail sale.
Stores Affected
Any store or commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items, directly to the customer and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the Borough. Retail establishments include: a business establishment that generates a sales or ...view more tax; a drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, liquor store or other commercial entity engaged in the retail sale of goods; a public eating establishment (i.e., a restaurant, take-out food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises); and a business establishment that sells clothing, hardware, or any other nonperishable goods. B. The following types of retail establishments are exempt from the provisions in this chapter: (1) Retail establishments with less than 1,000 square feet of retail space. view less
Fees $0.10 for all bags
Comply Date October 01, 2019
Ordinance Chapter 297/ ordiance 19-1980
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Updated October 02, 2019

Hopewell Borough

Status Approved
Status Date November 01, 2018
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • 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 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.
Stores Affected Business or Store. 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.
Comply Date April 01, 2019
Ordinance 826
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Updated October 02, 2019

Hopewell Township

Status Pending
Updated December 10, 2019

Jersey City

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.
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Updated October 02, 2019

Kearny

Status Approved
Status Date February 28, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper carry-out bags and reusable bags. A recyclable paper carry-out bag is a paper bag that meet all of the following minimum requirements: it is one-hundred-percent recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled material;It can be composted; and It displays the words "recyclable" and/or "reusable" in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A reusable bag is a bag made of cloth or other washable fabric with handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following additional requirements: It has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses; It can carry a minimum of 22 pounds; It is machine-washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; It does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations; and If made of plastic, it is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected
Commercial enterprises, meaning whether or not operated for profit, including, but not limited to, mercantile establishments, department stores, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other commercial entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that include milk, bread, soda, and snack foods; a ...view more eating establishment (i.e., a restaurant, take-out food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises); and a business establishment that sells clothing, hardware, or any other nonperishable goods. Flea markets are included. view less
Fees $0.10 on all carry out bags except for paper
Comply Date April 22, 2021
Ordinance 2020-07
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Updated March 27, 2020

Lambertville

Status Approved
Status Date August 01, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper carryout bag (preferred, not required). A paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: (1) contains no old growth fiber; (2) is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled material; (3) is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard 06400; (4) is accepted for recycling in curbside programs in the City; (5) has printed on the bag the name of the manufacturer, the location where the bag was manufactured, and the percentage of postconsumer recycled material used; and (6) displays the word Recyclable in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag. 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 Business or Store. For the purpose of this Section, any retail. The definition includes, but is not limited to pharmacies, supermarkets, farmers markets, grocery stores, farmers markets, convenience stores, clothing stores and food service establishments.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance 16-2018
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Updated October 02, 2019

Leonia

Status Approved
Status Date August 18, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • A recyclable paper carry-out bag is a paper bag that is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall, contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled material, displays the words "recyclable" and "made from at least 40% postconsumer recycled content" in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag, and is compostable
Reusable Definition A bag that is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses, is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly and meets the following criteria: (a) (b) (c) Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses; Is capable of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds; and Does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts (as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations). If the bag is made from plastic, it is at least 2.25 mil thick, has handles, contains a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content, and clearly indicates on the outside that it is "reusable" or "reusable and recyclable."
Stores Affected
For the purpose of this section, retail establishment shall mean any commercial establishment, whether or not operated for profit, including, but not limited to, mercantile establishment or store that engages in the sale of goods and products. The definition includes, but is not limited to, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience ...view more clothing stores, dry cleaners, food marts, Food Service Establishments, seasonal and temporary businesses, home based businesses, indoor or outdoor markets, and street fairs, which utilize plastic carry-out bags for the conveyance of Goods and Products. view less
Fees None
Comply Date August 01, 2020
Ordinance 2020-03
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Updated August 18, 2020

Little Silver

Status Approved
Status Date March 25, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag. 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 Business or Store. For the purpose of this Section, any retail. The definition includes, but is not limited to pharmacies, supermarkets, farmers markets, grocery stores, farmers markets, convenience stores, clothing stores and food service establishments.
Comply Date October 01, 2019
Ordinance 827-19
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Updated October 02, 2019

Livington

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Long Beach Township

Status Approved
Status Date November 09, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
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.
Comply Date May 01, 2018
Ordinance 17-31C
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Updated October 02, 2019

Long Branch

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 10.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • A paper carry -out bag provided by a Business or Street Vendor to a customer at the point of sale that meets all of the following requirements: a) Except as provided in paragraph ( b) below of this definition, the paper carry -out bag shall contain a minimum of 50 percent recycled, with at least 40 percent postconsumer content, materials. b) An eight -pound or smaller recycled paper bag shall contain. a minimum of twenty percent postconsumer recycled material. c) Printed on the paper carry -out bag is the minimum percentage of postconsumer conte
Reusable Definition A reusable bag is a durable carryout bag with stitched handles for reinforcement made from any natural or synthetic material other than plastic film including but not necessarily limited to woven or non -woven plastic or cloth that is at least 10 mils thick and that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re -use and that is machine washable or is made from material that can be cleaned or disinfected regularly.
Stores Affected
"Any retail establishment that engages in the retail sale ofgoods and products. This definition includes but is not limited to pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, clothing stores, surf shops, liquor stores, food marts, bars and food service establishments that provide carry -out plastic bags to consumers in which to ...view more items purchased at such an establishment. Any establishment or food truck which serves made to order food or beverages for dine -in, take-out or delivery. " view less
Fees none
Comply Date December 01, 2020
Ordinance 20-19
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Updated June 04, 2020

Longport

Status Approved
Status Date November 20, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
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
Comply Date August 20, 2015
Ordinance 2015-14
Updated October 02, 2019

Madison

Status Approved
Status Date October 16, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 10.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time and is made from cotton cloth or other washable fabric, polyester, polypropylene, or other durable material or plastic that is at least 10 mils in thickness and meets the following criteria: as a minimum life capability of 125 or more uses carrying 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet; and s machine washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected.
Fees $0.10 paper bags
Comply Date March 01, 2020
Ordinance 47-2019
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Updated December 10, 2019

Maplewood

Status Approved
Reusable Definition A bag that is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time
Stores Affected
Any store or commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items, directly to the customer and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of Maplewood. Retail establishments include: a business establishment that generates a sales or use-tax; ...view more drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other commercial entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that include milk, bread, soda, and snack foods; a public eating establishment (i.e., a restaurant, take-out food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises); and a business establishment that sells clothing, hardware, or any other nonperishable goods. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on paper starting 9/1/2019
Comply Date July 01, 2019
Ordinance 2946-19
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Updated October 02, 2019

Merchantville

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Millburn

Status Approved
Status Date December 03, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • No plastic
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
Details:
  • A Recyclable Paper Carryout Bag shall mean a paper bag that is 100% Recyclable and displays the words “Recyclable” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A Reusable Bag shall mean a bag with handles 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.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment means any store or commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, including but not limited to: clothing; food; and personal items, directly to the Customer, and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the Township of Millburn. Retail Establishments include, for example: a ...view more establishment that generates a sales or use-tax; a drug store, a pharmacy, a supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other commercial entity engaged in the Retail sale of a limited line of goods that include milk, bread, soda, snack foods and alcoholic beverages; a public eating establishment (i.e., a restaurant, take-out food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells food to be eaten on or off its premises); and a business establishment that sells clothing, hardware, electronics, books, jewelry, furniture, cosmetics or any other non-perishable goods. Retail Establishment does not include non-profit charitable resellers as defined in Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or a distinct operating unit or division of the charitable organization that reuses and recycles donated goods or materials and receives more than fifty percent (50%) of its revenues from the handling and sale of those donated goods or materials. view less
Fees $0.10 for paper
Comply Date June 01, 2020
Ordinance 2547-19
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Updated January 02, 2020

Montclair

Status Approved
Status Date November 18, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time and is made from cotton cloth or other washable fabric, polyester, polypropylene, or other durable material or plastic that is at least 10 mils in thickness and meets the following criteria: as a minimum life capability of 125 or more uses carrying 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet; and s machine washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected.
Stores Affected
RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT Any store or commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items, directly to the customer and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the Township of Montclair. Retail establishments include: a business establishment that ...view more a sales or use-tax; a drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other commercial entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that include milk, bread, soda, and snack foods; a public eating establishment (i.e., a restaurant, take-out food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises); and a business establishment that sells clothing, hardware, or any other nonperishable goods. " Retail establishment" does not include nonprofit charitable reusers as defined in Section 501( c)( 3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or a distinct operating unit or division of the charitable organization that reuses and recycles donated goods or materials and receives more than 50% of its revenues from the handling and sale of those donated goods or materials.A high volume retail establishment is a retail establishment defined below that meets one of the following criteria: 1. Retail establishments that have a retail space of20,000 square feet or larger excluding storage space) or have at least three ( 3) locations under the same name within the Township of Montclair that total 20,000 square feet or more 2. Retail pharmacies with at least two 2) locations under the same ownership within the Township of Montclair. 3. Full-line, self-service supermarkets that had annual gross sales in excess of$ 1, 000,000 during the previous tax year which sell a line of dry groceries, canned goods, or nonfood items and some perishable items. view less
Fees $0.10 but not more than $0.25 per bag.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance O-19-022
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Updated January 02, 2020

Morris Township

Status Approved
Status Date April 15, 2020
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • None given
Paper Summary
Details:
  • None given
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time and is made from cotton cloth or other washable fabric, polyester, polypropylene, or other durable material or plastic that is machine washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected.
Stores Affected
Any store or commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the Township of Morris. Retail establishments include a business establishment that generates a ...view more or use tax; a drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other commercial entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that include milk, bread, soda, and snack foods; a public eating establishment (i.e., a restaurant, take-out food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises); and business establishment that sells clothing, a hardware store, or any other nonperishable goods. view less
Fees Fee of not less than $0.10 per paper bag
Comply Date July 01, 2020
Ordinance Article III, Chapter 427 (Ord 31-19)
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Updated June 04, 2020

New Milford

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Newark

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Northfield

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Ocean Gate

Status Approved
Status Date March 13, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag - 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 retail establishment that engages in the retail, distribution, or sale of goods and products. The definition includes, but is not limited to convenience stores, food service establishments retail stores etc.
Comply Date September 13, 2019
Ordinance 622-19
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Updated October 02, 2019

Oradell

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Paramus

Status Approved
Status Date May 21, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • No plastic
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • The term "recyclable paper carry-out bag" means a paper bag that meets all of the following minimum requirements: (1) it is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material; (2) it can be composted; and (3) it displays the words "recyclable" and/or "reusable" in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition The term "reusable bag" means any sewn bag made of cloth or other washable fabric with stitched handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following additional requirements: (1) it is machine-washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; (2) it does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations; and (3) it is affixed with a statement that the bag is a reusable bag, as well as recycling instructions if the bag is recyclable
Stores Affected
The term “retail establishment” means any store or commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer and is located and/or doing business within the geographical limits of Paramus. Retail establishments include: a business establishment that generates ...view more sales or use-tax; a drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mall, or other commercial entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that include milk, bread, soda, and snack foods; a public eating establishment (i.e., a restaurant, take-out food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises); and a business establishment that sells clothing, a hardware store, or any other non-perishable goods. “Retail establishment” does not include non-profit charitable re-users as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a distinct operating unit or division of the charitable organization that reuses and recycles donated goods or materials and receives more than fifty percent (50%) of its revenues from the handling and sale of those donated goods or materials. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance 19-16
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Updated December 10, 2019

Parmus

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Parsippany-Troy Hills

Status Approved
Status Date July 11, 2019
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A recyclable paper carry-out bag is a paper bag that meets all of the following minimum requirements: 1. It is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material and can be composted. 2. It displays the words recyclable and/or reusable in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Reusable Definition A reusable bag means a bag with handles made of cloth or other washable fabric or is otherwise durable that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use and meets the following additional requirements: 1. It is machine washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; or 2. It is a durable bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use.
Stores Affected
Any store or commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items, directly to the customer and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. Retail establishments include: business establishments that generate sales ...view more use-tax; drug stores; pharmacies; supermarkets; grocery stores; convenience food stores; food marts; or other commercial establishments (i.e. restaurants and take-out food establishments or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises). This definition also includes commercial establishments that sell clothing, hardware, or any other non-perishable goods. It does not include nonprofit charitable re-users as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or a distinct operating unit or a division of the charitable organization that reuses and recycles donated goods or materials and receives more than 50% of its revenue from the handling and sale of those donated goods and materials. view less
Fees $0.10 per paper bag not to exceed $0.25. Reusable bags at least $0.10
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance 2019:33:00
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Updated October 02, 2019

Pennington

Status Pending
Updated December 10, 2019

Point Pleasant

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Princeton

Status Pending
Updated December 10, 2019

Readington

Status Pending
Updated December 10, 2019

Red Bank

Status Approved
Status Date August 21, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Made from a minimum of forty (40%) percent postconsumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag means a carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: a. Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; b. Has a handle; c. Is constructed out of any of the following materials: 1. Cloth, other fabric, or other materials whether woven or non-woven; or 2. Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils; and 3. Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which for purposes of this subsection, means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet
Stores Affected
Business Establishment means any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit. This term is inclusive of any ...view more or business which sells or offers goods or merchandise, located or operating within the Borough of Red Bank, including those referenced in "Food or Grocery Establishment," and "Food Provider." view less
Comply Date September 01, 2020
Ordinance 2019-41
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Updated December 10, 2019

Ridgewood

Status Approved
Status Date June 19, 2019
Paper Summary
Details:
  • A paper bag that is able to be recycled.
Reusable Definition A bag that is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses, is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly and meets the following criteria: i) has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, ii) is capable of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds, and iii) does not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts (as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations), and iv) has handles
Stores Affected
For the purpose of this section, retail establishment shall mean any commercial establishment whether or not operated for profit, including, but not limited to, mercantile establishment or store that engages in the sale of goods and products. The definition includes, but is not limited to, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience ...view more clothing stores, food marts, food service establishments seasonal and temporary businesses, home based businesses, indoor or outdoor markets, and street fairs, which utilize single -use plastic carry -out bags for the conveyance of merchandise. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance #3722
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Updated October 02, 2019

Saddle Brook

Status Approved
Status Date July 01, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Carry-Out Bag: A recyclable paper carry-out bag is a paper bag that is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall, contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled material, displays the words recyclable and made from at least 40% postconsumer recycled content in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag and is compostable.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: Shall mean 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 2.25 mils in thickness and meets the following criteria: (a) Has a minimum lifetime capability of 125 or more uses carrying 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet; and (b) is capable of being washed so as to be cleaned and disinfected multiple times.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment or Retail Store: For the purpose of this section, any retail establishment or retail store shall mean any commercial enterprise, whether or not operated for-profit, including, but not limited to, mercantile establishments, department stores, Food Service Establishments, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, supermarkets, clothing stores, ...view more and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and stores which sell household goods, or any other commercial establishment not specifically identified herein, which utilizes Disposable Plastic Carryout Bags for the conveyance of merchandise, but excluding bazaars or special events operated by a nonprofit organization or religious institution. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance 1660-19
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Updated October 02, 2019

Sea Bright

Status Approved
Status Date December 17, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A recyclable paper carry-out bag is a paper bag that is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall, contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material.
Reusable Definition A bag that is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated use 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 is made from plastic, has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses, and is capable of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected A Business or Store. For the purpose of this Chapter, any retail establishment that engages in the retail sale of goods or products. The definition includes but is not limited to, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, clothing stores, surf shops, dry cleaners, food marts and food service establishments.
Fees $0.10 for paper or resusable bag
Comply Date May 01, 2020
Ordinance 23-2019
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Updated January 02, 2020

Secaucus

Status Approved
Status Date August 27, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 10.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A recyclable paper carry-out bag is a paper bag that is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall, contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: Shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either made cloth or other machine washable fabric or from polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material
Stores Affected
As store means a food service establishment, a retailer, wholesalers of service establishment engaged in the sale of either personal consumer or household items or provision of service including but not limited to, drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience food stores, food marts hardware stores, liquor stores, clothing stores, ...view more stores, and other retail establishments of any kind pr service establishment of any kind, including but not limited to beauty salons that provide carry out bag to consumers into which to place items purchased view less
Fees $0.10 paper
Comply Date February 01, 2020
Ordinance 2019-31
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Updated December 10, 2019

Somers Point

Status Approved
Status Date June 28, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Any bagwith handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple, long-term reuse and that is: 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
A Covered Store: A general vendor, 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, packaged goods sellers, or liquor stores, that provide carryout plastic bags to consumers in which to ...view more items purchased or obtained at such establishment. Such term shall not include restaurants as defined in this section. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance #6-2018, CH 130 Article 1
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Updated October 02, 2019

South Orange

Status Approved
Status Date July 01, 2019
Reusable Definition Reusable bags made of cloth or other washable material, with stitched handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. A bag is suitable for multiple reuse if it is machine washable or is made from a material that can be otherwise cleaned and disinfected.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment Any store or commercial establishment that sells products, perishable or otherwise, directly to customers. Retail establishments include, but are not limited to, drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, fast food establishments, clothing stores and hardware stores.
Fees $0.05 paper bags
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Chapter 294
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Updated October 02, 2019

Stafford Township

Status Approved
Status Date July 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.
Comply Date August 07, 2018
Ordinance 2018-06
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Updated October 02, 2019

Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Reusable Definition Replaced S2776
Ordinance AB 1978
Updated June 04, 2020

Stockton Borough

Status Approved
Reusable Definition As of 4/16 was approved at Dec 9, 2019 meeting to be effective February 2020. Information not posted on borough website.
Updated June 04, 2020

Stone Harbor

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • 100% recycled PET Plastic and recyclable
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable carryout bag means a carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; 2. has a handle; 3. is constructed out of any of the following materials: a. Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; or b. 100% recycled PET Plastic and recyclable c. has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which for purposes of this subsection, means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet.
Stores Affected Business establishment or food or grocery establishment
Comply Date June 01, 2019
Ordinance 1536
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Updated October 02, 2019

Summit

Status Approved
Status Date November 18, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper check-out bag shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post?consumer recycled material.
Reusable Definition Compliant reusable bag shall mean a bag made of cloth or other washable material or material capable of being disinfected with stitched handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuses.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment shall mean any commercial enterprise, whether or not operated for profit, that sells perishable or nonperishable goods and products for use and/or consumption, including, but not limited to, a business establishment that generates a sales or use tax; a drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, ...view more mart, liquor store, or other commercial entity (including vendors at street fairs and establishments operating from a temporary facility, cart, vehicle, or mobile unit); a public establishment (e.g., a restaurant, takeout food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises); and a business establishment that sells clothing, hardware, jewelry, tobacco, toys, books, cosmetics, or other commercial entity (including vendors at street fairs); a public establishment (e.g., a restaurant, take-out food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises); and a business establishment that sells clothing, hardware, or any other nonperishable goods, directly to any Person and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Summit. view less
Comply Date May 01, 2020
Ordinance 19-3204 (Chapter XIII, Section 13-3)
Updated January 02, 2020

Teaneck

Status Approved
Status Date July 06, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • 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
Comply Date July 06, 2017
Ordinance 4070, #18-2017
Updated October 02, 2019

Trenton

Status Approved
Status Date December 05, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Reusable Definition The term "reusable bag" means any sewn bag made of cloth or other washable fabric with stitched handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following additional requirements: (1) it is machine-washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; (2) it does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations; and (3) it is affixed with a statement that the bag is a reusable bag, as well as recycling instructions if the bag is recyclable.
Stores Affected
The term "retail establishment" means any store or commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer and is located and/or doing business within the geographical limits of Trenton. Retail establishments include: a business establishment that generates ...view more sales or use-tax; a drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mall, or other commercial entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that include milk, bread, soda, and snack foods; a public eating establishment (i.e., a restaurant, take-out food establishment, or any other business that prepares and sells prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises); and a business establishment that sells clothing, a hardware store, or any other non-perishable goods, "Retail establishment" does not include non-profit charitable re-users as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a distinct operating unit or division of the charitable organization that reuses and recycles donate goods or materials and receives more than fifty percent (50%) of its revenues from the handling and sale of those donated goods or materials. view less
Fees Fee: $0.10 compliment bags
Comply Date December 31, 2020
Ordinance 019-071
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Updated February 03, 2020

Verona

Status Pending
Updated December 10, 2019

West Windsor

Status Pending
Updated December 10, 2019

Woodland Park

Status Approved
Status Date September 04, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • No plastic
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • 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 any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple, long-term reuse, (i) made of cloth or other machine or hand washable fabric, or (ii) made of other durable material
Fees $0.10-$0.25 for paper, a minimum of $0.10 for reusuable
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance 19-09
Notes Delayed to January 1, 2021 due to Covid
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Updated August 18, 2020

Wyckoff

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

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