In New Jersey, where there is legislation banning single-use bags in certain stores, the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag tested a “returnable bag” service model in which customers “borrowed” a bag onsite, reused it and then returned it at the same or different retailer’s store to be washed, redistributed and reused by additional customers. This offered a solution for when customers forgot to bring their own reusable bags. This pilot ran from April to July 2023.

What is a Returnable Bag?

Returnable Bags are reusable bags that you can buy at checkout, use to bring your goods home, and return at a Bag Drop located at participating retailers for a cash refund. Returned bags were regularly collected from the Bag Drop and inspected and sanitized, before being returned to participating retailers for recirculation. 


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