SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS TO ONLY BE PROVIDED UPON REQUEST,  EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, NOV. 4, TO HELP FIGHT PLASTIC POLLUTION 

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SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS TO ONLY BE PROVIDED UPON REQUEST,  EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, NOV. 4, TO HELP FIGHT PLASTIC POLLUTION 

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS TO ONLY BE PROVIDED UPON REQUEST,  EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, NOV. 4, TO HELP FIGHT PLASTIC POLLUTION 

October 27, 2021 – TRENTON –– A provision of New Jersey’s commitment to reduce plastics pollution statewide will take effect on Thursday, Nov. 4 when food-service businesses may provide single-use plastic straws to a customer only upon request, the Department of  Environmental Protection and NJ Business Action Center announced today. 

Food-service businesses include all restaurants, convenience stores, and fast-food businesses,  each of which must also educate their employees and customers about the restriction.  Consumers will still be able to purchase packages of straws and beverages prepackaged with a straw, such as juice boxes, after Nov. 4.  

The restriction on single-use plastic straws is part of a broader state law enacted in 2020 banning the sale or provision of single-use plastic carryout bags from stores and food-service businesses; single-use paper carryout bags from grocery stores larger than or equal to 2,500  square feet; and use of polystyrene foam food-service products. These additional provisions of the law take effect on May 4, 2022, and will supersede any established local laws at that time. 

“When we move beyond single-use plastics, we can reduce our reliance on the fossil fuels that create plastic, remove a source of litter from our communities, and protect wild and marine life from the harm of ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic products,” DEP Commissioner  Shawn M. LaTourette said.  

The DEP, NJ Business Action Center, and the NJ Clean Communities Council are working together to help businesses and communities understand and comply with the law. A new website at www.nj.gov/dep/plastic-ban-law/ includes helpful information for regulated entities, including a Frequently Asked Questions page, a list of establishments and how the law impacts them, a copy of the law, and more.  

“The ban was designed to address the problem of plastic pollution with solutions to protect the environment for future generations,” said Melanie Willoughby, executive director of the New  Jersey Business Action Center. “To assist businesses with compliance, the NJ Business Action  Center (NJBAC) has rolled out resources on our website and encourages businesses to keep  track of important timelines.” 

Additionally, the NJ Business Action Center has created a clearinghouse at  https://business.nj.gov/bags/vendorclearinghouse to aid businesses in identifying vendors and manufacturers who sell the reusable carryout bags permitted by the new law. 

To learn more about the Clean Communities Council’s Bag Up NJ campaign, visit  www.bagupnj.com. 

For a video about BagUp NJ, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxxIrduooSk 

Follow Commissioner LaTourette on Twitter and Instagram @shawnlatur and follow the DEP  on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP.

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