04/04/2022 2:30 PM
Sponsoring May 4 “Bag Up NJ” Night at TD Bank Ballpark with a Free Reusable Bag for the First 2,000 Fans
SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of County Commissioners reminds businesses and customers that New Jersey’s ban on plastic bags and polystyrene containers will be enforced beginning May 4. 2022, just one month away. The ban, enacted in 2020 to protect the environment and reduce pollution, puts New Jersey in line with several other states that limit the availability of single-use plastic items.
“We’ve learned a lot over the past few decades of the harm that discarded plastics can have on our environment, and on ourselves, and this restriction on single-use plastics will ensure a healthier environment for our families,” said Commissioner Douglas Singleterry , liaison to the Department of Health. “By bringing our own reusable, washable bags to the grocery store we can all contribute to making this law a success and Somerset County a little healthier.”
Somerset County is partnering with the Somerset Patriots AA Yankee affiliate and NJ Clean Communities for Bag Up NJ Night on May 4. The first 2,000 fans coming to the game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the AA Blue Jays affiliate, will receive a reusable bag to help them adjust to the new law. Tickets to the game are available at https://www.milb.com/somerset/tickets/promotions.
The ban on single use plastic bags and polystyrene containers joins with the restrictions on restaurants’ use of plastic straws that went into effect on Nov. 4. The bans address the issues of plastic pollution on our environment, including unsightly litter, choking and otherwise harming local marine and wildlife, and releasing chemicals harmful to human health through burning or photodegradation.
New Jersey retail stores, grocery stores and food service businesses may not provide or sell single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products. Single-use paper carryout bags are allowed to be provided or sold except by grocery stores equal to or larger than 2,500 square feet, which may only provide or sell reusable carryout bags.
Customers and businesses can learn more about the new rules including compliance and enforcement at https://business.nj.gov/bags/plastic-ban-law, and a list of vendors manufacturing reusable carryout bags for businesses is available at https:// /business.nj.gov/bags/vendorclearinghouse. To report businesses in noncompliance with the plastics ban after May 4, call the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection at 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337).
The Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) is the lead agency for environmental health compliance and enforcement in Somerset County, and is responsible for ensuring compliance of the plastic bag ban in Somerset County. Funding for these activities is provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. For more information on the environmental health program, visit https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-health-safety/health-department/environmental-health.
Somerset County Board of County Commissioners
Somerset County is governed and managed by the Board of County Commissioners. The Board consists of five members with one or two elected each year in November in the general election, and they each serve three-year terms. Commissioners serve as liaisons to all divisions in the county.
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This press release was produced by the Somerset County Government. The views expressed here are the author’s own.