Each NJ Wawa distributes 1,000 “free” reusable bags

Wawa plans to distribute more than 270,000 free reusable bags to customers across New Jersey starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, the day the state ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect.

The convenience chain announced Monday that its 272 New Jersey locations will each have 1,000 free bags available to customers who make a purchase, as part of the company’s Skip the Bag for Good initiative.

“Shopping with a reusable bag is a habit change for many people that can reduce our long-term impact on the environment, and we’re excited to do our part to support the community,” said Dave Simonetti, senior manager of store operations for New Jersey.

Beyond the giveaway, Wawa will offer New Jersey customers reusable bags for 35 cents, while encouraging customers to bring their own bags or not to use a bag.

NJ bag ban includes ‘shop-at-home’ orders

Retailers and food establishments are banned from handing out single-use plastic bags from May 4, according to a law signed by Governor Phil Murphy in November 2020. Large supermarkets will also be banned from handing out bags in single-use paper at checkout.

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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