New bill would exempt online grocery delivery and pickup from new bag ban
NEW JERSEY – Senator Kristin Corrado has a plan to spare New Jersey seniors and families who have their groceries delivered from the cost and inconvenience of the single-use bag ban set to go into effect on May 4.
The ban on plastic and paper bags was signed into law on November 4, 2020, after passing both houses.
“Shoppers are the ones who will be left holding the bag,” said Corrado (R-40). “New Jerseyans who now rely on home delivery and curbside pickup for food have no idea how this will impact their food supply, or how much more it will cost them.
“The grocers don’t have uniform guidelines, the Democrat majority in Trenton who pushed this legislation through without any consideration to the impact on residents don’t have an answer, and people are running out of time,” Corrado said.
Considering all the confusion, Corrado is proposing an answer with new legislation exempting online orders for home delivery or pickup from the ban, the most restrictive prohibition of its kind in the nation.
“Since the pandemic forced residents to find new ways to get their groceries, people have become hooked on the convenience of placing online orders and having bags delivered to their homes,” Corrado said. “Now that’s in jeopardy as grocers across the state are scrambling to find solutions to the pending bag crisis.
“Clearly, this was never a consideration when the law was passed, and until we have a better way to make it work under the bag ban, it makes sense to pump the brakes a bit and allow deliveries to continue as usual,” Corrado said.
Last month, Governor Murphy signed a law to give a six-month bag ban reprieve to food banks and charities that distribute groceries.
“Food banks had no idea how they could comply with the ban, either,” Corrado said. “This is what happens when a feel-good initiative gets fast-tracked without any consideration for the fallout or the unforeseen consequences.
“My legislation would provide a similar stay for deliveries and pickups until workable alternatives are developed. Right now, my constituents are telling me they are worried that extra charges will be applied to their orders to compensate for the cost of reusable bags that they won’t be able to utilize. Given the impact of inflation on prices, their concern levels are elevated,” Corrado said.