Reusable Bag Ordinance

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.
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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.