South Orange’s new reusable bag law starts January 1, 2020.
On July 8, 2019 the South Orange Board of Trustees passed ordinance #2019-15 to promote the use of reusable bags and reduce the use of disposable paper and plastic non-reusable carry-out bags by customers of retail establishments in the Township of South Orange Village.
Shoppers B.Y.O.B! Please bring your own reusable carry-out bags.
Single use plastic carry-out bags are prohibited.
Paper carry-out bags have a 5¢ fee
These types of bags are still allowed for free:
Produce Bags (for bulk items, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candies, or small hardware items).
Bags used to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, or fish, whether packaged or not.
Bags used to contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods.
Pharmacy prescription bags.
Bags used to contain or wrap flowers, potted plants, or other items where dampness may be an issue.
Bags used to contain live animals, such as fish or insects sold in pet stores.
Paper bags for gift wrapping or restaurant doggy bags.
The purpose of this law is to make local shopping more sustainable, reduce litter, protect the environment, and remove hard-to-recycle bags from our waste stream.