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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's Senate Bill 864 bans single-use plastic and paper bags, in addition to banning disposable polystyrene/styrofoam food containers and cups.
Specific food-related exceptions will be in place until May 2024, at which time they will also be included in the ban.
Please read the Governor's statement for more information.
Single-use plastic bags must be disposed of in one of these two ways:
1. Re-use as a plastic garbage bag and place the full bag in with regular garbage for pickup.
2. Bundle the plastic bags together inside a single plastic bag bag and put them in a special Plastic Bag Recycling Bin.
Single-use paper bags must be disposed of properly:
Contaminated paper items:
1. Coated paper bags or bags contaminated with grease or food particles should be disposed of in regular garbage.
Clean paper items:
1. Put clean/uncoated paper recycling items inside the larger paper bags -- such as grocery or delivery bags -- and then put them out for paper recycling collection,
2. Put recyclable paper bags inside a reusable recycling container and put it out for paper recycling collection.
Remember: if you're using a paper supermarket bag that is inside a plastic bag, always remove the outer plastic bag.
View Governor Murphy's Official Statement
View Senate Bill 864
View Assembly Committee Document (PDF)