Grocery shopping online has become an extremely popular thing in New Jersey. We have a variety of services to choose from. There’s Peapod, Amazon Prime Pantry, Hello Fresh, Fresh Direct, Instacart; the lists goes on and on as to the wide array of choices for home grocery delivery in the garden state.
If you use any of these services then you may realize the small problem that was inadvertently created by New Jersey lawmakers. Everyone is aware (and trying to get used to) the recent ban on single use grocery bags in New Jersey. Now lawmakers are scrambling to correct the problem.
Here’s the problem. Those of us who do our food purchases online are involuntarily collecting a large amount of the disposable bags that come with each order. This is an issue that was not considered by lawmakers when they voted to ban single use bags that went into effect back in early May of this year.
There has been much success related to the ban. Less plastic bags blowing all over the state and ending up in lakes and streams. You don’t see them flying across beaches or down highways either.
While we are all creating a place to keep all of those disposable bags our representatives are planning a hearing next month. The goal is to create legislation that will help solve this new issue.
There are a few ideas floating around. The first is to let grocery stores use paper bags, but only for deliveries. Waste would still be reduced because of the very small percentage of grocery purchases being delivered.
Another idea is to have the deliver companies use cardboard boxes like the ones offered at the big warehouse stores and some delivery companies are using already.
Perhaps the delivery services could collect and reuse the bags.
If you’ve stockpiled reusable bags you may want to drop them off at your area food bank.