Plastic Bag Ban
Introduced by Mayor Michael A. Soriano, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Council in July 2019 voted unanimously to enact a ban on single-use, carry-out type plastic bags. All single-use plastic bags as well as paper bags that are not 100% recyclable and do not contain at least 40% post-consumer recycled content are banned. Reusable bags such as cotton, nylon, and other fabric bags including 100% recyclable paper bags are allowed.
Effective February 6, 2020, all retail business located within the limits of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills must comply with the ban.
Why Ban Plastic Bags?
The goal is to reduce the use of throwaway plastic products, particularly lightweight plastic bags, which are a litter problem and escape into waterways and oceans where they are harmful to animals and may enter the food chain as they degrade into smaller and smaller – but still plastic – pieces.
How Will This Affect Consumers?
Township and county residents, as well as visitors to Parsippany, are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags when shopping at businesses in Parsippany. Most reusable bags can be used hundreds of times so the cost to purchase them is quickly recouped. While shoppers may forget to bring them in the beginning, they will soon get into the habit of bringing reusable bags for shopping. Also, many times smaller purchases don’t even require bags.
The "Bag Up 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.
This campaign educates and reminds consumers about their options for sustainability at the checkout counter. Consumers can choose to 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.
Beginning May 4, 2022, New Jersey businesses may not sell or provide single-use plastic carryout bags to their customers. Those businesses that decide to sell or provide reusable carryout bags must ensure that the bags meet the requirements as defined in the law.
The law defines reusable bags as ones that:
- Are made of polypropylene fabric, PET non-woven fabric, nylon, cloth, hemp product, or other washable fabric; and
- Have stitched handles; and
- Are designed and manufactured for multiple reuses.