Under NJ’s Ban on Plastic Carryout Bags and Polystyrene Foam Food Service Products, P.L. 2020 c.117, effective May 4, 2022, there was a requirement that the NJBAC create a vendor clearing house for reusable carryout bags and paper bags. This was to provide manufacturers a central place to register their reusable bags and businesses a place to get information on availability of the new bags.  This is a courtesy list of wholesale vendors who sell products that meet the requirements of the new law.  It is not an ecommerce site. 

The sale of these newly required reusable bags is a potential business opportunity for NJ’s manufacturers and distributors of reusable carryout bags and paper carryout bags. We welcome New Jersey’s wholesale manufacturers and distributors to register their company and take advantage of this marketing opportunity.  Please encourage your manufacturers and distributors to register at:  Business.nj.gov/bags/vendorclearinghouse.

Here are the key definitions under the law.  For more detail, please see nj.gov/dep/plastic-ban-law/#faqs.

A “reusable carryout bag” must be:

  1. Made of polypropylene fabric, PET nonwoven fabric, nylon, cloth, hemp product, or other washable fabric, (i.e., RPET fabric, polyester, cotton, etc.); and  
  2. Have stitched handles (traditional, conventional or ultrasonic stitching, T-Shirt style are acceptable); and 
  3. Be designed and manufactured for at least 125 reuses. 

For paper carryout bags, there is no recycled content requirement.

For more information, please consult the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s List of Establishments and Applicable Provisions and website at: nj.gov/dep/plastic-ban-law.

Questions? Go to business.nj.gov/bags/plastic-ban-law . The NJ Business Action Center’s business experts are available via “Live Chat”, Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm, and at 1-800-JERSEY-7 (hablamos español).


Melanie Willoughby

Executive Director

NJ Business Action Center

33 West State Street

P.O. Box 820

Trenton, NJ 08625-0820

P: 609-633-8301

C: 609-462-6917