ReThink Disposable - Governments

Waste_garbage_can_overflowing_ReThink Disposable

ReThink Disposable is working with communities across New Jersey on municipal and statewide plastic bag bans. Our ultimate goal is to pass a statewide Plastic Bag Fee Bill which:

  • Contains a 5 cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags, but ultimately bans plastic bags over time.
  • Includes a consumer education component and proper enforcement tools.
  • Doesn't pre-empt adoption of any future local bag ordinances that might be better.

Waste and litter from single-use plastics and other disposable products are creating an environmental crisis. We dispose of 100 billion plastic bags every year in the U.S., over 4 billion of which are used and disposed of in New Jersey. These bags are a threat to our health and environment, harming marine life, clogging storm drains, and releasing toxins into our air and water when disposed of by incineration and landfill.

Paper bags take 10% more energy and 4 times more water to produce than plastic bags. Examples from towns and states across the country show that banning plastic bags and placing a fee on all other single-use bags is most effective for long lasting change.

Municipal Plastic Bag Ban ordinances in New Jersey:

  • Longport
  • Long Beach Township
  • Monmouth Beach
  • Point Pleasant Beach (proposed)
  • Teaneck
  • Ventnor

Click here to contact us to learn more about reducing plastic pollution and New Jersey's ReThink Disposable program.

ReThink Disposable is funded by a grant through the Northeast Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Trash Free Waters initiatives, and the Environmental Endowment of New Jersey. 

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