Single-Use Plastics Ordinance Information

Ordinance No. 2547-19

The purpose of this Ordinance is to prohibit the use of single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene containers at retail establishments and reduce the use of single-use straws within the Township.

The Effective Date of the Ordinance is June 12, 2020.


Summary of Law

  • Single-use plastic carryout bags are banned in ALL retail establishments
  • Polystyrene (frequently referred to as styrofoam) carryout containers are banned in ALL retail establishments
  • Single-use straws are available only upon request
  • Paper bags may be offered to customers for a fee of five-cents per bag
  • Reusable bags may be offered to customers for a fee of at least ten-cents per bag
  • Customers may bring their own bags, of ANY type, with them to carry out their purchases
  • Retailers must keep the bag fees
  • The only plastic bags and polystyrene containers banned by this Ordinance are those used to carry out purchases