Earth Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than passing Senate Bill No. 864 that would ban single-use plastic bags & styrofoam takeout containers as well as limit distribution on single-use plastic straws across the state of New Jersey. Much like it’s predecessor S-2776, S-864 has made it’s way through the Senate and now moves into the Assembly. Only this time around, we are hoping for a vote that would move the bill to Governor Murphy’s desk. The Jersey Shore Chapter has worked vigorously to see this bill passed including over 8,000 emails sent to NJ legislators from concerned Surfrider members, residents, students, activists and many more!

Now the most important thing is to get the bill moving in the Assembly. Please call Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin in his legislative office at
(732) 855-7441.

  • Ask to speak to a person who deals with environmental issues.
  • Tell them your name and hometown.
  • Say you want the Speaker to do whatever is needed to get S-864 passed in the Assembly.
  • Say you support a ban on plastic bags, a ban on styrofoam, and straws on request statewide!
  • Say we don’t need to ban paper bags. It’s not practical and it has not been successfully done anywhere else.
  • Leave a message in their general voice mailbox if you do not get an answer.