If your trunk is full of reusable bags, you can put them to good use in New Jersey.

Since New Jersey enacted its plastic bag ban, many New Jersey 101.5 listeners have complained about having too many reusable bags and not knowing what to do with them.

Several charities that serve food insecure people in the Garden State would be happy to take them.

One of the unintended consequences of the plastic bag ban was that food pantries could not afford to wrap their donations for distribution to families in need.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey posted on its website this week that it will gladly take any reusable bags you need to donate.

Food Pantries has been given a six-month extension to continue using plastic bags, but that period will expire in November, and they are trying to collect enough reusable bags to meet future needs.

Every donation of a bag saves the pantry from having to spend money on bags, instead of food, as demand for food rises sharply under the weight of inflationary pressure on New York households. Jersey.

“By donating a new or lightly used reusable shopping bag,” says the Food Bank, “you’re not only helping the environment, but reducing costs for our partners.”

Nearly 300 locations in New Jersey will accept your new or gently used bags.

A link to the donation sites can be found here.

Fulfill Food Bank in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and The Food Bank of South Jersey are also accepting clean bag donations.

The problem of too many reusable bags piling up in people’s cars and garages has sparked calls for the return of paper bags to grocery stores and other retailers.

The sponsor of New Jersey’s plastic bag ban, State Sen. Bob Smith, R-Monmouth, said he would consider allowing the use of paper bags or the return of reusable bags in stores for a refund to help eliminate the glut.

To date, no new legislation has been introduced.

Eric Scott is the senior policy director and anchor of New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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