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Thank you for visiting NJ Think Outside the Bag! We’re a coalition of New Jersey organizations and individuals committed to reducing the 4.4 billion plastic bags NJ consumes annually, and equally committed to reducing and eliminating more needless sources of plastic pollution. You can support these efforts and receive up to date information on environmental issues in our state by joining the NJ Environmental Lobby (www.NJENvironment.org)

Look through the website for resources for average folks like us, municipal leaders, and state level officials. There’s everything from scientific articles to creative displays to get attention.

Progress here in the Garden State has been a mixed bag (pardon the pun).

Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” That is where YOU come in. 

STATE LEVEL

You can find your State Senator and Assembly Representatives here: (https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp) and call them to set up an appointment to talk to them. They need to know that reducing plastic waste matters to you! They work for, and represent, YOU! And they all have local offices. Tell them to:

Support Bill S2603 –  a bill that would ban all styrofoam food containers. 

Support Bill S2776/A4330 – a bill that would ban plastic shopping bags, and food service styrofoam. The bill will deal with plastic straws by incorporating the input of our disabled friends, neighbors, and family members.

LOCAL LEVEL

OVER 20 Municipalities have taken the lead and passed local ordinances banning plastic shopping bags and other forms of plastic waste!

You can let your township officials and environmental commissions know you want an ordinance to ban plastic bags because plastic is bad for the environment, bad for animals, and bad for the beauty of our towns. Then, your Township officials can find model ordinances at ANJEC (www.anjec.org.) 

“Don’t wait for the State!” – the State is waiting for you. 

Together we will change the world one bag, one bottle, one cup, one straw at a time!