SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Monday, July 8, the South Orange Board of Trustees passed ordinance #2019-15 encouraging shoppers to bring reusable carry-out bags, eliminating single use plastic carry-out bags, and putting a five cent fee on paper carry-out bags.

“Our goal is to incentivize shoppers to make the most sustainable shopping choice and start bringing their own reusable bags when they shop in South Orange,” said Village President Sheena Collum. “Our local recycling program will not take plastic bags and only a tiny portion ever get recycled. Paper bags cost the retailers more and aren’t a great option either.

"We think this new ordinance will have a positive impact and start our residents and shoppers thinking about other ways they can work together with local businesses to become more sustainable,” Collum said.

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The new law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020 so shoppers and retailers have time to adjust. Plastic carry-out bags will be eliminated and a five cent fee will be placed on paper carry-out bags provided by the retailer.

Shoppers are encouraged to use whatever type of reusable carry-out bags they wish to provide and the Village will distribute reusable bags throughout autumn of 2019.

For more specific information on this initiative go to the South Orange Village website at