Bag Better

We care about the future – for our neighbors and our planet. We’ve set a goal to become a zero waste company, and plastic bags are a part of that.

Fewer single-use plastic bags in circulation can help reduce the amount of litter that damages ecosystems or poses a threat to wildlife and humans. To identify bagging options that are convenient and advance reusability, we joined the Beyond the Bag Consortium in 2020 along with several other retailers, piloting multiple solutions and gathering critical insights. As we continue our journey, we’re committed to identifying solutions that prioritize customers’ convenience and expectations, no matter how you shop with us.

Learn more about Walmart’s commitment to sustainability.

Our journey toward eliminating single-use bags

USA Map with some States in blue

Note: Walmart Mexico and Canada have fully eliminated single-use bags.


  • Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon, Washington D.C., Washington, Vermont: Single-use bags are not available in Walmart stores or for pickup so please bring your own reusable bags or buy them at checkout. Deliveries will be fulfilled in paper bags or reusable bags charged to the customer.
  • New Jersey: Single-use bags are not available in Walmart stores or for pickup so please bring your own reusable bags or buy them at checkout.  For delivery, you can opt out of reusable bags when finalizing your purchase.
  • All states: Bags will continue to be used as needed for raw meats/proteins, produce, and chemicals to ensure food safety and prevent cross contamination.

Q.1: What are single-use carryout bags?
A.1: The State of New Jersey defines single-use carryout bag as made of paper or plastic that is not a reusable carryout bag as defined by law. Learn more: NJ Bag Ban 

Q.2: Why is there a ban on single-use bags in New Jersey?
A.2: The State of New Jersey passed this legislation in response to the growing problem of plastic pollution. Learn more: NJ Bag Ban 

Q.3: My local government previously enacted a bag ban and my store bagged online orders in paper bags. Why can’t they do that anymore?  
A.3: The State of New Jersey's bag ban law supersedes all previously enacted bag ordinances, making its requirements uniform statewide. Paper bags, along with single-use plastic bags, are banned in New Jersey for this reason. Learn more: NJ Bag Ban 

Q.4: I order deliveries through other third-party delivery services. Why is their policy different?
A.4: Third-party delivery services are developing their own New Jersey bag ban guidelines. For Walmart, compliance and commitment to the environment are equally important components in our efforts to reduce our dependence on single-use plastic. 

Q.5: How do I prepare in case of an unattended/contactless delivery?
A.5: Please leave a container (tote/box/reusable bags/etc.) at the location of delivery & update the “Delivery instructions” with instructions on where to leave the order. This will assist the delivery driver and ensure a safe delivery.  

For more information, please visit: https://www.nj.gov/dep/get-past-plastic/#reusable_bags