Following two years of advocating on behalf of plastics recycling in New Jersey, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) celebrated bill S2515/A4676 becoming law yesterday. Earlier this month, the New Jersey State Assembly passed the bill, which establishes post-consumer recycled content requirements for rigid plastic containers, glass containers, paper and plastic carryout bags, and plastic trash bags; and prohibits sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging.
“This important law is a win-win that signals a great impact for both New Jersey citizens and the plastics recycling industry,” said Robin Wiener, ISRI president. “The policy is intended to increase demand for recycled plastics, which will help to find a home for used plastics in the manufacturing of new products.”
The recycled content standards will take effect in 2024. ISRI also sees the legislation as a potential model for plastics recycled content minimums in other states. “ISRI advocated for this measure that provides a sustainable program with quantifiable metrics and realistic goals for minimum recycled content for plastics,” said Wiener. “We are ready to provide essential third-party advice and technical expertise in plastics recycling and manufacturing in New Jersey and all states.”