2020 is the year of plastic bag bans. Here’s how North Jersey towns kicked things off.

Plastic bag in tree

ALEXIS SHANES / NORTHJERSEY.COM – As the village’s single-use plastic bag ban took effect, a local Stop & Shop store rang in the New Year by giving customers free reusable shopping bags.

Ridgewood and neighboring Paramus, Saddle Brook, Glen Rock and Garfield banned single-use plastic bags beginning Wednesday, the result of municipal ordinances that were years in the making.

“It’s really to support the bag ban on single-use bags,” store manager Mike Scolza said of the giveaway. “It’s part of doing business. It’s doing right for the community; it’s doing right for our customers. And I’m just committed to doing the right things.”

Scolza’s store was mostly empty during the first morning of 2020, but some shoppers arrived with reusable bags in tow …

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