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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Plastic Bag Ban Bill Advances

On Jan. 30 in Trenton, the Senate Energy and Environment Committee amended and released a bill that would phase in a ban on non-reusable plastic bags and other food and drink containers.

As you may recall, the State Senate and General Assembly failed to agree on and did not pass, a plastic bag ban bill, in the waning days of New Jersey’s 218th Legislature. The bill, which the Committee advanced yesterday, was reintroduced in the current session as S-864. (A copy reflecting the amendments is not yet available, online.)

As introduced this session, the bill would have banned plastic and paper bags and polystyrene food containers and limited the availability of plastic straws. The ban on plastic bags, paper bags, and polystyrene food containers was to be phased-in, over two years. We understand that the amendments yesterday will, instead, require the ban to be phased-in over 18 months.

A companion to this session’s original Senate bill, A-1978, awaits action in the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.

Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst,, 609-695-3481 x121.

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