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, café, 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 (nj.gov)l
Additional information regarding P.L.2020, c.117 (C.13:1E-99.126 et al.) can be found at: https://www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/phfpp/retailfood/singleuseplasticstraws.shtml
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