The move affects plastic bags, bottles, straws and utensils as well as Styrofoam containers.
"Anybody who has a contract that is still in effect will ride their contract out," County Freeholder Jonathan Young said. "Any new contracts coming forward with our vendors will have to go with the new specs. By 2021, we plan on being 100 percent plastic-free throughout the county."
The new policy will cover venues under the county’s control or vendors that do business with the county.
The plan provides a blueprint for municipalities to adopt if they’d like. Collingswood last week adopted its own plastic bag ban for businesses in the town, and others are expected to follow suit.
Young says the county will start phasing in biodegradable alternatives over the next year.