Clean Ocean Action

New Jersey Plastic Reduction Ordinances

To start 2020, 10 new municipal ordinances went into effect in January to bring the total number of NJ municipalities with singe-use plastic reduction ordinances passed AND in effect to over 30! With possible statewide legislation around the corner restricting single-use plastics like straws, plastic/paper bags, and Styrofoam, the efforts of dozens of municipalities from around the great state of New Jersey should not be forgotten or come to an end even if the bills pass through the NJ legislature by the end of their current legislative session on January 15th. These single-use plastic reduction ordinances are just a first step to reducing the plastic pollution that plagues our state and waterways and causes such harm and even death to marine life.    

 

Click the links to see COA's model ordinances for banning single-use plastic straws, bags, polystyrene (Styrofoam) foam food containers, and utensils.

 

32 municipalities + 2 counties – Passed and in effect

1.  Asbury Park – January 2020

2.  Atlantic County – August 2018

3.  Atlantic Highlands – November 2019

4.    Avalon – June 2019

5.    Bayonne – January 2020

6.    Beach Haven  – June 2019

7.    Belmar – May 2018

8.    Bradley Beach – January 2019

9.    Brigantine  – June 2019

10. Camden County January 2020

11.  Garfield – January 2020 

12.  Glen Rock – January 2020

13.   Harvey Cedars– June 2018

14.   Highland Park – Phase One: May 2019, 10-cent fee on single-use plastic bags. Phase Two: November 2019, ban on single-use plastic bags and 10-cent fee on paper

15.   Hoboken – January 2019

16   Hopewell – September 30, 2019

17.  Jersey City – June 2019

18.    Lambertville – January 2020

19.  Little Silver – October 2019

20.   Long Beach Township – May 2018

21.   Longport – December 2015

22.  Maplewood – July 2019

23.    Monmouth Beach – June 2018

24.  Ocean Gate – September 13, 2019

25.  Paramus – September 2020

26.  Parsippany-Troy Hills – January 2020

27.   Point Pleasant Beach – May 2018

28.   Ridgewood – January 2020

29.  Saddle Brook – January 2020

30.   Somers Point – January 2019

31.  South Orange – January 2020

32.   Stafford Township – August 2018

33.   Stone Harbor – June 2019  

34.  Ventnor – October 2018

14 municipalities – Passed and waiting to go into effect

1. Chatham Borough – March 2020

2. Chatham Township – March 2020

3. Cranford  – July 2020 

4. Fair Haven – February 2020

5.  Haworth – March 24, 2020

6.  Long Branch – December 2020

6. Madison – March 2020

7. Montclair – TBD

8. Red Bank – September 2020

9. Sea Bright – May 2020

10. Secaucus – February 2020

11. Summit – May 2020

12. Teaneck – July 2018 [ON HOLD]

13. Woodland Park – March 2020

Total: 48 ordinances

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