Bag ban should not include pickup, delivery orders
One of New Jerseyans’ biggest concerns about the upcoming ban on single-use plastic bags is the target of upcoming legislation from a Republican senator.
Sen. Kristin Corrado, R-Passaic, wants to exempt online orders for home delivery or pickup from the statewide ban that goes into effect May 4. Grocery stores over 2,500 square feet will also be barred from providing single-use paper bags to customers. .
“Since the pandemic forced residents to find new ways to shop, people have become addicted to the convenience of placing orders online and having bags delivered to their homes,” Corrado said. “Now that is in jeopardy as grocers across the state scramble to find solutions to the looming bag crisis.”
New Jersey’s next ban was enacted on November 4, 2020, giving businesses and consumers 18 months to prepare for the change. But Corrado says today, less than a month before the ban takes effect, New Jerseyans who rely on door-to-door delivery and curbside pickup have no idea how which process will work or how much more it may cost them.
As late as the end of March, supermarkets in New Jersey could not give us details of their online order fulfillment plans.
“My legislation would provide a similar reprieve for deliveries and pickups until viable alternatives are delivered,” Corrado said. “Right now my constituents are telling me they’re worried that extra charges will be applied to their orders to offset the cost of reusable bags they won’t be able to use. Given the impact of inflation on prices , their levels of concern are high.”
The New Jersey Food Council, which represents supermarkets, said Wednesday it had no comment on Corrado’s plans because the full wording of the proposed law has yet to be seen.
According to the New Jersey Clean Communities Council, one of the groups responsible for raising awareness of the upcoming ban, the issue of pickup/delivery orders is one of the most common concerns among New Jersey residents.
On March 25, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation giving food banks and food pantries in New Jersey a 6-month extension to comply with the bag ban.
Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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