New Jersey already prohibits food service businesses from providing single-use plastic straws without them being requested by customers.
As of May 2022, plastic and paper single-use bags, as well as disposable food containers and cups made out of polystyrene foam, will be banned, (with certain exemptions for 2 additional years).
Now the New Jersey Legislature is working on the next big threat to our climate: Foam packing peanuts!
The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee yesterday cleared A4676 / S2515 which would ban polystyrene loose fill packaging. The bill also establishes recycled content requirements for plastic, glass, and paper in the state of New Jersey.
Modeled after California’s legislation, with the goal being to reduce dependency on and consumption of single-use plastics, the bill would revitalize recycling by mandating certain recycled content standards.
• Packages or containers shall be exempt from the recycled content standards of this act for a period of five years after the effective date if they contain food, milk products or infant formula. This will not apply to plastic beverage containers or glass containers filled with a beverage.
• Bags will be completely exempt from the recycled content standards of this act if they are manufactured to hold or transport hazardous waste or regulated medical waste.
Additionally, two years after the bill’s effective date, the act prohibits the sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging.
Back in June, before the summer and election period recess, the Senate voted 22-14 along party lines to pass the bill. The bill now heads to the full assembly. The governor is expected to sign it into law before the end of the year.