ReThink Disposable in NJ

ReThink Disposable, a program of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund, prevents waste before it starts by working with local governments, businesses and institutions, and consumers to minimize single use disposable packaging in food service to conserve resources, prevent waste and ocean litter pollution.

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Rethink Disposable in New Jersey

Clean Water is taking-on single use products: from shopping bags, to food and beverage packaging, to plastic water bottles, our goal is to minimize the use of single use products. 

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ReThink Disposable - The Problem

The Problem: Our Throw-“AWAY” Lifestyle

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ReThink Disposable - Events

Helping reduce single-use disposable plastic and foam waste at events, both large and small, across the Garden State.

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Greening the Dodge Poetry Festival

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund have partnered with the Geraldine R.

From We All Live Downstream

NJ Recycled Content Bill Becomes Law Image
January 12, 2022

Great news from New Jersey! The State Legislature just passed an ambitious new bill (S2515/A4676) that will require minimum percentages of post-consumer recycled content in a variety of packaging products, including rigid plastic containers, beverage containers, paper and plastic bags, trash bags, and glass containers. The new law, which is just awaiting Governor Murphy's signature, will also set incremental increases to the Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) percentages and bans Styrofoam packing peanuts.

November 9, 2021

Last year we celebrated as New Jersey passed into law one of the strongest bans on single-use disposables in the country (P.L. 2020, c. 117). We've been counting down the days until the law goes into effect. On November 4, the "straws by request" provision went live. Under these requirements, food service businesses will only offer single-use plastic straws to customers if they specifically request one.

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June 14, 2021

Statement by Maura Toomey, Zero Waste Organizer for Clean Water Action before the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Opposing A5803

June 14, 2021

Thank you for the opportunity to testify on this bill. Clean Water Action strongly opposes A5803, which would exempt plastic material processed at advanced plastic processing facilities from solid waste and recycling regulations, and urges the bill’s sponsor Assemblyman McKeon to pull this bill.