How will restaurants do takeout after the May 4 bag and polystyrene ban?

New Jersey’s ban on tougher polystyrene bags and containers goes into effect Wednesday, but Garden State restaurants will still be able to bag food you want to take home.

Amanda Stone, director of government affairs for the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association, said food wrapped in plastic bags will no longer be allowed, but “you can take home anything you don’t eat there, just maybe in a different way than you might have received before.

More polystyrene

Paper bags, although prohibited in stores, and containers made of recyclable materials are permitted in restaurants.

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“You won’t get the plastic bag you’re used to, but restaurants have prepared for that, so they should be ready,” Stone said.

She pointed out that sturdy cardboard-style food containers have been around for years.

“Some restaurants, even before this law came into effect, used recyclable items or had more recyclable content than was required for them,” she said.

Depending on where you eat, several different types of food containers can be used that do not contain styrofoam.

“Restaurants have their own vendors that they’re going to use and what products they’re going to use, so it’s not just a uniform, it’s what you’re going to see in every restaurant,” she said.

“Companies have been making these products for years and New Jersey is certainly not the first to have this type of ban in place.”

No problem for guests

Stone said banning plastic bags and polystyrene shouldn’t cause problems for people going out to eat.

“Enjoy the meal, have a good time, if you have leftovers you will take them home, the restaurant will provide you with everything you need,” she said.

New Jersey’s new law specifies that starting Wednesday, plastic bags and polystyrene products, including plates, cups and containers, will not be allowed.

David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.

Before you hit the trails and explore some of the suggestions from our listeners, I have a few tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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