Say hello to 2020 and goodbye to your plastic bags. Ten New Jersey towns have just made resolutions—aka passed new laws—to ban single-use plastic bags.
While a statewide ban on single-use plastic and paper bags and foam containers is currently being debated in NJ state legislature, a few NJ towns have taken action. If you’re in Asbury Park, Bayonne, Garfield, Glen Rock, Lambertville, Paramus, Ridgewood, Saddle Brook, Somers Point or South Orange , you’ll have to bring your own bags or purchase a reusable bag when shopping.
In Asbury Park, you can buy paper or reusable bags for a minimum fee of 10 cents per bag. In South Orange, you’ll be charged 5 cents for paper bags. In Glen Rock, add at least 10 cents per reusable or recyclable bag.
Montclair and Parsippany’s bag bans began in December, while Haworth, Madison and Woodland Park have plastic bag bans set to begin March. Towns with pending bans slated to go into effect later this year include Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Collingswood, Haworth, Hopewell Borough, Madison, Millburn, Secaucus and Woodland Park.
Towns with bans that started in 2019 or earlier include Atlantic Highlands, Avalon, Beach Haven, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Brigantine, Harvey Cedars, Highland Park, Hoboken, Jersey City, Little Silver, Long Beach, Longport, Maplewood, Monmouth Beach, Ocean Gate, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Point Pleasant Beach, Red Bank, Stafford Township, Stone Harbor and Ventnor. County bans include Atlantic County (in county parks) and Camden County,