Litter Free NJ

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On Nov. 4, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature enacted the most progressive bag ban law in the country. The law reduces litter and encourages the use of reusable bags by phasing out single-use carryout bags

The law bans single-use plastic bags, regardless of thickness, at grocery stores and retail establishments, as well as paper bags at grocery stores equal to or larger than 2,500 sq. ft. 

It also bans polystyrene foam takeout food containers and other products such as plates, cups, food trays and utensils; and makes plastic straws at restaurants available only upon request.

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The "Litter Free NJ" campaign, is 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.

What can you do

Many may ask, "What qualifies as a reusable bag?" The answer is quite simple: 

A "reusable carryout bag" must be:

  1. Made of polypropylene fabric, PET nonwoven fabric, nylon, cloth, hemp product, or other washable fabric; and
  2. Have stitched handles;
  3. Be designed and manufactured for multiple reuses.


For more information on the NJ Bag Ban Law, please visit:


For information on Business Compliance please contact

 the New Jersey Business Action Center