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New Jersey will ban the use of single-use plastic bags and various take-out food containers starting May 4, 2022. It will be the most comprehensive ban on plastic bags in the nation. This ban will also include paper bags for large grocery stores (over 2,500 square feet).

Small bodegas, non-grocery, and retail stores can still provide paper bags. For a specific example, the well-known brown paper bags at Trader Joe’s will no longer be allowed. Stores will not be able to require the purchase of a reusable bag. You are encouraged to bring your own or purchase at the establishment. Anything made from plastic, regardless of its thickness, or with glued on handles is not defined as reusable. To be considered a reusable bag, the bag must have handles, be made of some kind of washable fabric, and withstand 125 uses and multiple washes.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation began enforcing the law and its regulations on Monday, October 19, 2020. This conservation agency keeps the public up-to-date and informed on specifics of the global environmental impact individuals have on the earth. These laws between the neighboring states, New York and New Jersey, have specific differences. New York allows for paper bags and can charge the buyer for them.

The sole purpose of these plastic bag bans is for environmental reasons. Individuals use more than 10 billion single-use carryout bags every year, which racks up more than $12 million annually in disposal costs. “Plastic bags are used on average just 12 minutes before being trashed, yet last hundreds or thousands of years in a landfill,” says Julie Raskin, executive director of the Foundation for New York’s Strongest, which engages citizens and businesses in waste management practices.

The protection of our environment from pollutants is a topic at the forefront of today's society. Parents are now engaged in teaching their children the importance of reusing and recycling materials. Sesame Street has also taken this topic and created a video to teach children about these important topics, Murray Visits a Recycling Center.

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