As of May 4, New Jersey retailers and food service businesses will no longer be permitted to use or distribute single-use plastic bags, per a bill passed by Governor Phil Murphy and other lawmakers last year.

The multi-phase bill targets plastic pollution caused by New Jersey’s retail and food service industries. Its first phase, which implemented a partial ban on plastic straws, has been actively enforced since November 4. Princeton Health Officer and Deputy Administrator Jeff Grosser reported a high level of compliance with this part of the new law in email correspondences obtained by The Daily Princetonian.