87 days to ban single-use plastic bags in New Jersey

As of May 4, 2022, New Jersey will have the most restrictive single-use plastic bag law in America.

Plastic straws aren’t safe either. To get one in a restaurant, you will have to apply. A restaurant will no longer be able to provide you with a straw in advance.

Bundles of straws and items such as juice boxes can still be sold in stores.

Although the focus is on plastic bags, the legislation also prohibits paper bags.

As a reminder, the New Jersey Legislature and Governor Phil Murphy passed it on November 4, 2020. This is a strategic tactic that some governments use when they want to enact controversial legislation. When it doesn’t take effect for years, no one cares.

But suddenly it’s almost there. It’s the type of law that puts New Jersey out of America’s mainstream.

It is the most progressive law of its kind ever enacted. The law prohibits municipalities and counties from enacting their own laws on these matters.

The law comes into force in just 87 days.

It specifically reads:

The law strictly prohibits all stores (including retail businesses), food service businesses and grocery stores from selling or providing customers with single-use plastic bags.

This legislation also mandates an end to the Styrofoam catering products that everyone uses for takeout etc.

I’m not trying to disrespect those environmentalists who are committed to eliminating plastics from our society.

However, it’s this kind of sweeping government hype that gives New Jersey such a bad name.

It is highly inaccurate to call these store plastic bags “single-use” because many people reuse them for a variety of practical purposes:

  • Wet bag for clothes.
  • Packed lunch.
  • Dog duty.
  • Food preparation.
  • Marinate the meats.
  • Place the raw chicken in the refrigerator.
  • Remains of plate cover.
  • Keep grill items cool.
  • Line up the cat litter boxes.
  • Bathroom plunger cover.
  • Hang on to the lawn mower…it picks up litter and pinecones as you mow the lawn.
  • Hand guards when checking the oil level in the car and other dirty work.
  • Garbage bag in the car and elsewhere.
  • Arts and crafts.
  • Holds clothespins on the clothesline.
  • Protect plants from frost.
  • Protect car windshield wipers from freezing conditions.
  • Snow boot liners.
  • Trash liners.

There are many other practical uses, but you get the idea.

Here’s a so-called “single-use” plastic bag repurposed for a second life…used to cover chicken in the freezer.

TSM Harry Hurley

TSM Harry Hurley

Get ready, the New Jersey state government has decided for you that you should no longer use such products.

Stock up now while you can. 87 days will be here before you know it.

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