Long Branch just became the latest town in New Jersey to ban single use plastic bags.

As the list continues to grow, the easiest way to keep track of where you can and can't get plastic bags around us is this handy list.

Our sister station New Jersey 101.5 reports that the following Monmouth and Ocean County Jersey Shore towns have plastic bag bans in effect as of this writing (January 13, 2020):

Asbury Park

Asbury Park's single use plastic bag ban took effect as of January 1st, 2020.

Beach Haven*

Beach Haven was ahead of the trend, with their plastic bag ban on the books since June 2018.


Belmar was an early adopter, too. Their plastic bag ban has been in effect since May 2018.

Bradley Beach

A year ago, in January of 2019, Belmar's neighbor to the north also banned plastic bags.

Harvey Cedars*

Beach Haven's LBI brethren also banned plastic bags in June of 2018.

Little Silver

The Monmouth County enclave of Little Silver banned plastic bags as of March of last year. They expand upon the ban by also including single use plastic straws and Styrofoam containers, too.

Long Beach Township*

Sandwiched between Beach Haven and Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township's ban has been on the books since May 2018.

Long Branch

According to multiple reports, Long Branch's new ban will include a range of single use plastic items, including bags, straws, and utensils. The New Jersey News Network reports that Long Branch businesses have until the end of the year to fall in line with the new law.

Monmouth Beach

Monmouth Beach's ban took effect in June of 2018 and is one of the wide ranging bans that includes plastic carry-out bags, single use plastic straws, and Styrofoam containers.

Ocean Gate

March of 2019 is when Ocean Gate's plastic bag, straw, and Styrofoam container ban took effect.

Point Pleasant Beach*

Point Beach has had a plastic carry-out bag ban since May of 2018.

Stafford Township

The mainland gateway to Long Beach Island has prohibited plastic carry-out bags since December of 2018.

The townships denoted with an asterisk (*) exempt bait shops from their plastic bag bans.

There are more than two dozen more New Jersey towns (and all of Atlantic County) that currently have rules on the books outlawing single use plastic bags. You can click here for the full list from our sister station, New Jersey 101.5.


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