Single Use Plastic Straw (SUPS) Law

Official Message No.:111317-5-3-2022-PHIN
Contact Info: William | 609-947-8593 |
Alan | 609-947-8595 |
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The NJ Department of Health, Public Health and Food Protection Program is reminding local health departments that on November 4, 2021, P.L.2020, c.117 (C.13:1E-99.126 et al.) became effective.  The SUPS law required that all food service businesses including any restaurant, cafĂ©, deli, coffee shop, convenience store, grocery store, vending truck or cart, food truck, movie theater, or business or institutional cafeteria only provide a single-use plastic straw to a customer upon the request of the customer.  In addition, the food service business is required to maintain an adequate supply of single-use plastic straws to provide at the request of customers.


The law designates Department of Health as the enforcement agent for SUPS and also requires the Department to provide a written evaluation report to the Plastics Advisory Council regarding the food service businesses’ compliance with the requirements.  As such, the Department will maintain a database for plastic straw complaints and will forward the complaints to the appropriate local health department for their investigation and enforcement as required by the law plastic-bag-law-c117.pdf (


Additional information regarding P.L.2020, c.117 (C.13:1E-99.126 et al.) can be found at:

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