Thank you for visiting the NJ Think Outside the Bag website! We’re a coalition of New Jersey organizations and individuals committed to reducing the 4.4 billion plastic bags NJ consumes annually through the implementation of a small fee on all single-use bags. The New Jersey Environmental Lobby is currently revamping this website to support all NJ residents and municipalities in their efforts to reduce plastic waste. You can support these efforts and receive up to date information on environmental issues in our state by visiting the NJ Environmental Lobby website and making a donation.

Changing the world one bag, one bottle, one cup, one straw at a time.


An industry-backed proposed plastic bag bill (A3267, S2600) is on the fast track through the NJ legislature and is up for vote THIS THURSDAY 6/21 . We need your immediate help.

We are asking you to please call and Tweet Senate President Sweeney, Senator Bob Smith, your Senator, and two Assembly representatives and ask them to hold the plastic bag bill, A3267, until it can be improved.

NJEL, ANJEC, and colleague non-profits have submitted amendments to the bill that would strengthen it.

As it is written now, we are concerned that that bill would do little to reduce plastic bags in NJ, and it would serve as greenwashing.

NJEL, ANJEC,  and others have put forth amendments that would do the following and more:
Split fees between shop owners and a state fund for litter abatement, especially in urban communities;
Allow municipalities to adopt stronger ordinances, including bans on bags; Require everyone to comply, supply reusable bags to those in need; rather than exempting certain populations from compliance.
Thank you for your action. We will be in Trenton on Thursday working on this.