What you need to know about Secaucus’ Plastic Bag Ordinance:

The purpose of imposing this ordinance

  • Plastic bags are typically only used for less than 15 minutes before being thrown away.
  • The intent of the ban is to enforce environmental and wildlife protection while reducing plastic waste and eliminating hazards for land and sea animals.

When did the ban go into effect?

  • The ban went into effect on February 1st, 2020.
  • To report noncompliance, email [email protected]

Reusable bags

  • Reusable bags are made from cloth or other machine washable fabric, polyester, polypropylene, cotton, other long-lasting material or plastic fiber that is at least 10 mil. thick.
  • Reusable bags can be made available for customers to purchase from your retail establishment.
  • If you are in need of a reusable bag, please contact [email protected]
  • Click here to learn more
Bag Ban

Which bags are banned?

  • The plastic bag ban applies to all petroleum and plant based single-use plastic carry out bags of any size.
  • Single-use plastic bags are defined as any carry out bag less than 10 mil thick and that is not either a single-use paper bag or an exempt bag.

Which bags are still allowed?

  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Bags used to wrap produce
  • Bags provided by a pharmacy to protect privacy
  • Laundry / Dry cleaner bags
  • Trash bags
  • Animal and yard waste bags

What about paper bags?

  • A 10¢ fee applies on paper bags that are used in substitution of single-use plastic bags.  All paper bags must be at least 40% post-consumer recycled.
  • The fee from paper bags will go directly to the businesses to recover the cost.

When does the NEW state law go into effect?

  • In November 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed the Plastic Pollution Reduction Bill. To learn more, click here
  • The success of this bill was made possible by local ordinances like ours that paved the way. Secaucus’s existing plastic bag and styrofoam bans will remain effective until the state law goes into effect in May 2022.
  • The Environmental Department will be conducting outreach in the coming year on the slight differences between the new law and our ordinance.

The entire Secaucus community should be proud that we were among the first to take action on this important issue. Together, we’ve helped significantly reduce waste and litter, and ensured a cleaner and greener NJ. Please visit bagupnj.com learn more.

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