Wawa hands out free bags on Wednesday, when NJ’s plastic bag ban begins
WOODBRIDGE, NJ – Starting this Wednesday, May 4, the nation’s toughest plastic bag ban will go into effect in New Jersey.
On that date, the state will ban plastic bags in all stores, and paper bags will be banned in major grocery stores (think ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Acme, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, etc.). feet can no longer give their customers brown paper bags, even if they charge them, as is the case in many cities.
Additionally, starting at 7 a.m. this Wednesday, every Wawa store in the state will be giving away 1,000 free reusable bags with one purchase while supplies last. This includes all Wawa locations in Woodbridge.
In total, Wawa’s 272 NJ stores plan to distribute 272,000 free reusable bags to customers across the state.
Additionally, polystyrene take-out food containers will be banned in New Jersey starting Wednesday. By law, no store can require customers to purchase a reusable bag. Learn more at this state-sponsored website: https://www.bagupnj.com/
Eight other states – California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon and Vermont – have already implemented plastic bag bans; however they all differ. For example, California law only prohibits plastic bags in large retail stores. The Hawaii ban does not apply to brown paper bags.
New Jersey’s ban goes the furthest in the country by banning plastic bags, brown paper bags and polystyrene (styrofoam) containers.
Any retail store that is not a grocery store can still provide paper bags. Thus, Home Depot, women’s clothing stores, etc. can still offer customers their purchases in brown paper bags.
The goal of the new law, strongly backed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, is to completely eliminate the use of plastic bags, pictured above.
“Plastic bags are one of the most problematic forms of waste, resulting in millions of discarded bags pouring into our landfills, rivers and oceans every year,” Murphy previously said, calling New Jersey’s ban of “historical”.
Any store that violates the new law will receive a warning on the first offense and then a fine of up to $1,000 per day for the second offense, and up to $5,000 per day for the third and subsequent offenses.
Here are some things in New Jersey that can still go in plastic bags:
- Dry cleaning
- Uncooked meat, fish or poultry
- Bags used to hold sliced or made-to-order foods, including soup and hot foods
- Bags provided by a pharmacy, such as a bag containing prescription drugs
- Pet bags, such as a bag containing fish that you buy from a pet store
Contrary to popular belief, plastic straws are not banned in New Jersey.
However, from November 4, 2021, restaurants will only be able to provide a plastic straw to a customer if the customer requests one. Stores can continue to sell packaging of single-use plastic straws or drinks that come with a plastic straw, such as juice boxes.