The Litter Control Fee is imposed on all gross receipts from sales of litter-generating products sold within or into New Jersey by each person engaged in business in the State as a manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, or retailer of such products. Any retailer with less than $500,000 in annual retail sales of litter-generating products is exempt from this fee. Restaurants are exempt if they have less than 10% in annual retail sales of meals or food prepared for off-premises consumption, or 50% or more of their activity is selling meals or food prepared for on-premises consumption.
Litter-generating products include beer, cigarettes, cleaning agents and toiletries, distilled spirits, food, glass containers, metal containers, groceries, tires, newsprint and magazine paper stock, nondrug drugstore sundry products, paper products, plastic and fiber containers, soft drinks, and wine.
Manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of litter-generating products pay a fee of 3/100 of 1% (.03%) on all gross receipts from wholesale sales of such products in New Jersey. Retailers are charged at the rate of 2.25/100 of 1% (.0225%) on all gross receipts from retail sales of litter-generating products. The fee is paid annually on March 15th of each year.
Disposition of Revenues
Revenues are deposited in the Clean Communities Program Fund and are used for litter pickup and removal and to provide recycling grants to New Jersey counties and municipalities.