+ How can I recycle my reusable shopping bags?
In addition to ShopRite's recycling program, NJFC offers a donation program for NJ residents. To learn more about the program and where to drop off the bags, click here.
+ Why did you start an 80GSM recycling program?
The strict New Jersey bag ban, implemented on May 4, 2022, introduced a need for an 80GSM recycling program. Because this law prohibits both single-use plastic and paper bags, 80GSM bags are being utilized for pickup and delivery eCommerce orders. Online customers not accustomed to receiving so many reusable bags have requested that we implement a dedicated 80GSM recycling program.
+ What kind of reusable bags can be recycled in this program?
The only type of bag that we are recycling are clean new and/or gently used 80GSM woven-polypropylene reusable bags utilized to bag online orders. At this time, the program is solely dedicated to recycling 80GSM bags utilized for Order.Pickup.Deliver. orders. To ensure the purity of the recycling stream, 80GSM reusable bags obtained from other retailers are currently not accepted.
+What defines a “clean” 80GSM bag?
Clean bags are free from dirt, detritus or odors. 80GSM bags can be returned to “gently used” condition by running them through a delicate cold-water cycle in your washing machine.
+ How do I know that a bag is 80GSM?
There is generally no clear marking to indicate that a bag is 80GSM, which is why we ask that you return only our own Online.Pickup.Deliver bags for recycling, so associates can clearly identify them.
+How do I recycle my O.P.D. bags?
Currently, the ONLY way to recycle O.P.D. bags is to hand them to an O.P.D. associate, either in-store or when you pick up an order in a designated O.P.D. pickup area.
+ Can I hand bags back to a delivery driver when my groceries are dropped at my home?
At this time, no. Delivery drivers are not permitted to accept 80GSM bags for recycling, as many drivers work for third-party delivery vendors and do not return to our store.
+I tried to return a bag to recycle but your associate said you do not accept that type of bag. What should I do with it?
Any reusable bag in new or gently used condition that does not meet the criteria of our new recycling program can be donated to local food banks, which are gratefully accepting bags at this time. Visit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey website, which has an interactive map finder that locates food banks near your home: https://cfbnj.org/donate-reusable-shopping-bags
+What will the 80GSM bags be recycled into?
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