Are any types of plastic bags allowed to be used or sold by retailers?

The following are Exemptions to the law:

(a) Plastic bags used inside the retail establishment to:

  1. Package bulk items, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candles, or small hardware items;
  2. Contain or wrap frozen and non-frozen foods, meat, or fish, whether packaged or not;
  3. Contain or wrap flowers, potted plants, or other items where  dampness may be an issue;
  4. Contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods;
  5. Contain pharmacy prescription bags, or
  6. Contain articles of clothing in garment bags.

(b) Newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, laundry and/or dry cleaning bags, or bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended as food storage bags, garbage bags, yard waste bags, or pet waste bags.

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1. When does the law go into effect?
2. Why do we need a plastic reduction law in Millburn Township?
3. Is the problem really that bad that we needed this law?
4. Why is there a charge for paper bags and reusable bags?
5. What about “biodegradable” or “compostable” plastic bags? Why not use them?
6. Why aren’t paper bags banned?
7. Are any types of plastic bags allowed to be used or sold by retailers?
8. Are retailers prohibited from selling multi-bag packages of sandwich bags, garbage bags or pet waste bags?
9. Am I allowed to use my own bags, including plastic bags, in a store?
10. Aren’t some reusable bags made from plastic?
11. Are reusable bags safe to use? Do they carry germs or bacteria?
12. Can retailers force me to pay for a bag?
13. What will I use if I forget my own bags and do not want to pay a bag fee?
14. How do I remember to take my bags with me?
15. What if I need a straw to drink my beverage?
16. Where can I obtain a copy of Ordinance No. 2547-19?