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☷ Willingboro Township New Jersey - Council Designates May as Bag Up NJ Month
Willingboro Township , state New Jersey ( By Press Release office)
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On Tuesday , May 3 , the Willingboro Township Council issued a proclamation , designating May as Bag Up New Jersey Month . This is aligned with the New Jersey Clean Communities Council’s new single use plastic and paper bag ban outreach campaign , which has a simple message: Bring your own reusable bag ( s ) when you shop .
This campaign educates and reminds consumers about their options for sustainability at the checkout counter . Consumers can bring their own reusable bags when they shop and recycle their plastic bags .
On Nov . 4 , 2020 , Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature enacted the most progressive bag ban law in the country . The law prevents litter and encourages the use of reusable bags by phasing out single - use plastic and paper bags .
The law bans plastic bags , regardless of thickness , at grocery stores and retail outlets , as well as paper bags at grocery stores measuring more than 2 , 500 square feet . It also bans polystyrene foam food service products; and makes plastic straws at restaurants available only upon request .
Single - use paper carryout bags are allowed to be provided or sold , except by grocery stores equal to or larger than 2500 square feet , which may only provide or sell reusable carryout bags .
Campaigns have been established asking NJ residents to make the change and ditch the plastic .
Willingboro Township , as a Clean Communities partner , offered reusable bags to residents during their recent spring Clean Communities Clean - Up .
For more information about the Bag Up New Jersey and the Get Past Plastic campaigns , click on the following links:
Bag Up New Jersey ( bagupnj . com )
NJDEP | Get Past Plastic
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