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Plastic Bag Ban Now In Effect In Hoboken

January 22, 2019 - 10:46 am

HOBOKEN, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Single use plastic bags are now banned at all retail and food establishments in Hoboken.

The new law, which went into effect Tuesday, requires stores to make paper bags available for a fee of 10-25 cents. Residents are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags whenever possible.  

Plastic bags can still be used for some items including frozen food, flowers, newspapers and dry cleaning.

Some retailers can ask for an exemption, but will have to pay a $100 fee.

“Hoboken is committed to environmentally friendly policies that help mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce pollution on our streets,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “This ban, initiated by the Hoboken Green Team, will go a long way to reducing Hoboken's reliance on harmful plastic bags, and I'm proud Hoboken is at the forefront of progressive environmental policies.”

The city will be handing out free reusable bags to residents at these upcoming events:

• Mutzfest: January 27, 2-6 PM at Hoboken Elks Lodge
• Hoboken State of the City Address: January 29, 6:30 PM at Stevens Institute of Technology
• Stevens Institute of Technology: January 30 at 3 PM at Pierce Dining Hall