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"Bag Up NJ" 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.  The NJCCC wants to get consumers in the habit now of bringing their own reusable bags with them when they shop - before NJ’s bag ban takes effect in May of 2022.

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 plastic and paper bags.  The law bans single-use plastic bags, regardless of thickness, at grocery and retail establishments, as well as paper bags at grocery stores at or larger than 2,500 square feet. It also bans polystyrene foam takeout food containers and other products such as plates, cups, food trays and utensils.  As of November 4, 2021, plastic straws will only be available upon request.

The statewide ban on disposable bags goes into effect on May 4, 2022 and will create an effective and uniform sustainable policy for all shoppers and business owners in NJ.  For more information on our Bag Up NJ campaign and free downloadable artwork please visit:

Click here for printable version of the NJ Clean Communities Council’s Single Use Plastics Flyer

Click here for printable version of the NJ Business Action Center’s Single Use Plastics Flyer for Businesses

bagup 03For more information on our Bag Up NJ campaign and free downloadable artwork please visit:

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

For information on business compliance, contact the New Jersey Business Action Center

Designate May as "Bag Up NJ" Month in your municipality by adopting this resolutionDownload the Word file here 

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