Basement Waterproofing

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Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home's issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey's one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won't rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won't have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Aberdeen, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.

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The Healthy Way Difference

At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won't be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren't like anybody else's, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won't find any "one-size-fits-all" solutions here, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Best warranties in the industry
  • Free initial inspection
  • Full-service basement waterproofing
  • Mold remediation
  • Foundation repair
  • Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation

Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.

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Waterproofing Services in New Jersey

With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can't handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We're talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home's value and your family's health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:

  • Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
  • Mildew residue
  • Water stains on your foundation's walls and floors
  • Erosion of your concrete
  • Mineral deposits found on pipes
  • Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
  • Pooling water around your foundation's interior
  • Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
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Basement Waterproofing in Aberdeen

Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn't in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement's water-related problems.

Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.

Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.

Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:

  • Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
  • Basement flooding
  • Loss of valuables
  • Serious water damage to your home's walls and floors
  • Decrease in home value

Don't wait to address the moisture developing in your basement - call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.

What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?

It's easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don't know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Aberdeen:

Clay Bowl Effect

The "Clay Bowl" Effect

It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or "bowl" effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure:

This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.

How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:

  • Sump pumps
  • Perimeter drainage systems
  • Doorway drainage systems
  • High-strength washer hoses
  • Floor and wall crack repair
  • Replacement windows
  • Flood protection for your water heater

When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home's value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.

The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process

Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a "prevention over repair" mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We're not in the business of putting a "Band-Aid" on your water problem - we want to fix your issue completely, so you don't have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing

Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don't usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home's foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren't clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home's foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.

Exterior Waterproofing

Drainage Systems

One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you're thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn't retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it's best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.


Because every home is different, it's hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor's. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you're having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.

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Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won't do the work!

If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.

Don't let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!

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New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 09-20-22

Here is the morning update from New Jersey's arts newswire. We regularly publish between 8-15 new articles and news reports each day. Nobody covers the Arts throughout the Garden State like New Jersey Stage!If your arts organization sends out press releases, make sure you have [email protected] on your media list for coverage.Light Ope...

Here is the morning update from New Jersey's arts newswire. We regularly publish between 8-15 new articles and news reports each day. Nobody covers the Arts throughout the Garden State like New Jersey Stage!

If your arts organization sends out press releases, make sure you have [email protected] on your media list for coverage.

Light Opera of New Jersey to open 2022-23 season with "Candide"

(MADISON, NJ) -- Light Opera of New Jersey will begin their 2022-23 season with a performance of Leonard Bernstein's operetta, Candide. There will be two performances, Saturday, October 22 at 8:00pm and Sunday October 23 at 3:00pm at the Dorothy Young Center for the Performing Arts (Madison, NJ). This concert performance will feature Maestro Jason Tramm leading the 30-piece Light Opera of New Jersey Orchestra, over 60 singers in the chorus and highly acclaimed soloists drawn from the best Broadway and operatic talent. The 12th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival

(SPRING LAKE, NJ) -- South Street Players presents the 12th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival October 21-23, 2022 at Wesley Hall in Spring Lake. The festival, which receives more than 300 scripts annually, is committed to presenting the finest and most unique original, short plays written by local playwrights from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. PHOTOS from "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Music Mountain Theatre

(LAMBERTVILLE, NJ) -- Music Mountain Theatre revisits the wild and wooly Roaring 20s when Thoroughly Modern Millie comes to the stage for a four-weekend run opening on September 16th and running through October 9th. Set in New York City in 1922, this tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos. Spotlight on NJ Rep's 2022-23 Mainstage Season

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company has announced their 2022-2023 Mainstage Season. This season New Jersey Repertory Company will be presenting six mainstage productions - Eden Prairie, 1971 by Mat Smart, Popcorn Falls by James Hindman, ESSPY by Nandita Shenoy, A Tailor Near Me by Michael Tucker, Welcome to Matteson by Inda Craig-Galván and one to be announced.

Special Discounts and Treats for "Soft Animals" at Vivid Stage

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Vivid Stage, in residence at Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit, is offering a number of special discounts and events during the world premiere production of Soft Animals by Erin Mallon from September 29 through October 9.'s New & Notable NJ Music: 9/19/22

Lazlo, founder of (an online station based around New Jersey artists), shines a light on some of the many new releases from NJ based musicians each week with this column. This week Lazlo takes a look at releases by Jack Skuller, Well Wisher, All Systems Go, Katye Kellye & The Interruption, Karma Gambit, and Chris Nitti. Ocean County Library Toms River Branch to Present "Whiskers & Wishes" by Gregory Oborne in October

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Feel the friskiness of felines, as interpreted by New Jersey artist Gregory Oborne. His exhibition, “Whiskers & Wishes,” will be on display throughout the month of October at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch. The display will occupy the McConnell Gallery, where an artist’s reception will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00pm. The Princeton University Art Museum presents Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Princeton University Art Museum presents Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper that depict contemporary interpretations of historical shipwrecks while confronting current environmental crises, on view at ArtatBainbridge from September 24 to November 27, 2022. Warren Community College presents a reading by Poet James Hoch

(WASHINGTON TWP, NJ) -- Highly regarded published poet James Hoch is coming to Warren Community College for a reading on Thursday October 13 as part of the College's Visiting Authors Series. This event, beginning at 7:30pm in room 123A, is free and open to the public. The reading will be followed by a brief Q & A with the audience and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Upcycle Your Halloween Costume at Monmouth County Park System's Costume Swap

(ABERDEEN — Upcyle your gently used kids’, adults’ and pet costumes for a spooktacular new-to-you ensemble during the Monmouth County Park System’s Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap. It’s fun, easy, and best of all, free! Drop off a costume and receive a token entitling you to a “new” costume on the day of the swap. Costume drop-offs will be accepted Monday-Saturday, September 26-October 1 from 10:00am-4:00pm.

New Fort Monmouth Brewery, Birdsmouth Beer, Plans Oct. 15 Opening

The Oceanport brewery will open with four craft beers brewed on site and a tasting room, with plans to build a beer garden in the future:OCEANPORT, NJ — Birdsmouth Beer, the new craft brewery at Fort Monmouth, will officially open their doors to the public Oct. 15, the brewery said this week.Birdsmouth Beer announced in July they leased a 12,080-square-foot space at 675 Oceanport Way in Oceanport....

The Oceanport brewery will open with four craft beers brewed on site and a tasting room, with plans to build a beer garden in the future:

OCEANPORT, NJ — Birdsmouth Beer, the new craft brewery at Fort Monmouth, will officially open their doors to the public Oct. 15, the brewery said this week.

Birdsmouth Beer announced in July they leased a 12,080-square-foot space at 675 Oceanport Way in Oceanport. They're located in what used to be the Fort Monmouth Commissary, or the on-base grocery store.

Plans are still moving forward for Netflix to open a massive film production studio at Fort Monmouth as well, but no opening date has been given for the film studio yet. The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, which runs Fort Monmouth, has not even officially approved Netflix to set up shop.

Birdsmouth co-owner Andrew Gioia (former head brewer at Kane Brewing in Ocean) was busy all summer turning the space into a craft brewery. They will open with four craft beers brewed on site (an original Helles-style lager, a dark lager, a hoppy pilsner and an Oktoberfest) and a tasting room. There are plans in the future to open an outdoor beer garden.

This area of Monmouth County sure is witnessing a craft brewery boom: Twin Lights Brewery opened Sept. 2 in Tinton Falls Centre, and Alternate Ending Brewery opened at the old Bow Tie movie theater in Aberdeen in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic.

More food and drink businesses will be coming next to Birdsmouth, but property owner Denholtz said it was too early to reveal their names. Red Bank-based developer Denholtz is trying to turn the Commissary "into a multipurpose destination geared towards innovative food and beverage uses."

They are still seeking tenants. If you are interested in leasing a space there, or opening up a business, contact CBRE leasing agent Suzanne Macnow at [email protected] or 732-509-8927.

The brewery’s 2,000-square-foot tasting room will be open to the public Thursday through Sunday (see below for specific times). Families are welcomed and encouraged. There will not be a kitchen at the brewery, so guests are encouraged to bring their own or you can have food delivered there.

Birdsmouth will open with four types of lagers. The opening brews will be Birdsmouth Original Lager (a Helles-style lager), Birdsmouth Hoppy Pilsner, Birdsmouth Oktoberfest and Birdsmouth Dark Lager.

All four will all be under six percent ABV and "represent the full spectrum of colors and flavors," says the brewery.

Birdsmouth Original Lager, Birdsmouth Pilsner and Birdsmouth Oktoberfest will be available in both 6 and 12 packs of 12oz cans, which you can buy at the brewery. But in the future they plan to allow people to order beer through their website, and pick up the beer at the brewery.

The brewery says their Oktoberfest will be replaced by another seasonally appropriate style as we wind into winter, and new brews will be introduced to the line-up "based on customer feedback."

Birdsmouth also hopes to have its original craft lager start appearing on the menu at Monmouth County bars and and restaurants over the next year. Birdsmouth also plans to expand to the side of the building with a large outdoor beer garden.

Birdsmouth is headed by co-founder Gioia, who has more than 10 years experience working in the NJ craft beer brewing industry, as he is the former head brewer at Kane Brewing in Ocean Township.

Birdsmouth bills itself as "Jersey's all-lager craft brewery."

“I'm extremely excited to brew only lager beer. It's been a dream of mine since I was a homebrewer," said Gioia. "The recipes are simple, but it is a delicate process that requires patience. A large part of it is caretaking and stewardship since the process is long. So, in many ways it's like watching and caring for a plant as it grows. If you manage to get it right, the patience and time spent is worth it."

"A well-made lager is ridiculously delicious," Gioia continued. "It pairs up perfectly with everything but most importantly family, friends and food — our most valued things. In fact, the brewery was built by friends who are family and family who are friends.”

Gioia will also serve as Birdsmouth's head brewer.

A "birdsmouth" is a woodworking industry term for a type of wood joint used in carpentry to join wood or other building materials together. The term resonated with Gioia and Laginestra, who said they wanted their beer and brewery to "bring the community together." This utilitarian concept is complimented with New Jersey's state bird, the Goldfinch, cemented in the logo and branding.

"It’s only fitting that the brewery is going to be in the old commissary, a building that was originally constructed to serve as the focal point of the local military community," said Laginestra.

The brewery does not accept reservations, but the space will be available for private and semi-private events as well as group bookings for 15 or more.

Beers available:Birdsmouth Original Lager: 4.5% (available in can and draft)Birdsmouth Hoppy Pilsner: 5.0% (available in can and draft)Birdsmouth Oktoberfest: 5.5% (available in can and draft)Birdsmouth Dark Lager: 5.2% (available in draft only)Additional Birdsmouth seasonal lagers will be announced

Birdsmouth Beer675 Oceanport Way (Baseline at Fort Monmouth)Oceanport NJ, 07757

Tasting Room Hours:Thursday 4pm- 8pmFriday 4pm- 9pmSaturday 12pm- 9pmSunday 12pm- 8pm

Contact info: Email [email protected] for all inquiries (973) 352-2842

In 2020, the Fort Monmouth Commissary — or old grocery store — was purchased by Denholtz Properties, a Red Bank-based real estate and development company.

Denholtz currently owns 26 acres of Fort Monmouth, including not only the 53,000-square foot Commissary, but also the PX, Post Office Area and Warehouse District along with an adjacent parking lot.

Denholtz is looking for other food and beverage businesses to open up at the Commissary, as they are trying to transform that part of the Fort into "The Baseline, a transformative retail and commercial hub at the gateway to the historic property."

More information about The Commissary at Baseline and leasing opportunities can be found here.

Georgia at South Carolina odds, picks, and predictions

Sportsbook WireThe Georgia Bulldogs (2-0) travel to Columbia to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1) Saturday at noon ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook's lines around the Georgia vs. South Carolina odds,, and make our expert ...

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The Georgia Bulldogs (2-0) travel to Columbia to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1) Saturday at noon ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook's lines around the Georgia vs. South Carolina odds,, and make our expert college football picks and predictions.

Georgia has dismantled their first 2 opponents 82-3. The much-maligned Stetson Bennett IV has thrown for more than 300 yards in both games and the defense is again shutting down opponents.

South Carolina had a less than memorable win against Georgia State, despite the lopsided score of 35-14. In the 1st true test for the Gamecocks and new QB Spencer Rattler, they were beaten by Arkansas 44-30.

Georgia is No. 2 in the AFCA Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports.

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Georgia at South Carolina picks and predictions

Georgia 37 South Carolina 7

PASS. The money line is far too high to make a wager.

Play Georgia -24.5 (-108) in this one.

Georgia is the defending national champion. They could be even better this season.

Giving up only 3 points in 2 games this season, the Georgia defense is as dominant as last season. The offense is even better under the leadership of second-year starter Bennett.

For South Carolina, Rattler has not lived up to the hype he was given when he transferred in from Oklahoma. This does not seem like the week for him to get on track.

LEAN UNDER 51-5 (-105).

Georgia came into the season with something to prove in Week 1. They did so by putting up 49 points on an overmatched Oregon team. While this output is certainly possible again, South Carolina still might not score enough for this game to go over. Either take the under in this game or pass on making a wager.

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Blackmore's Night Announces 25th Anniversary Tour Dates

The tour will kick of on Friday, October 28.Grab your tambourine or your tankard of ale, and come sing and dance with legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow) and award winning vocalist Candice Night, for the 25th anniversary tour of Blackmore's Night, their unique and well traveled Renaissance/Folk/Rock outfit.Join this special group as they transport you back in time to a magical evening where their music will enter your heart and soul! Visit Blackmore's Night online ...

The tour will kick of on Friday, October 28.

Grab your tambourine or your tankard of ale, and come sing and dance with legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow) and award winning vocalist Candice Night, for the 25th anniversary tour of Blackmore's Night, their unique and well traveled Renaissance/Folk/Rock outfit.

Join this special group as they transport you back in time to a magical evening where their music will enter your heart and soul! Visit Blackmore's Night online here.



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Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night have created a new genre of music for all ages, inspired by many melodies of the Renaissance period, and "Blackmoreized" into contemporary music. This is the sound of Blackmore's Night.

In 1997, Blackmore's Night released their debut CD, Shadow of the Moon, which immediately went gold in Japan and earned awards worldwide. Meanwhile, their devoted fan base is growing exponentially as the band has created a genre of music for all ages. From grandparents to children, everyone has their medieval mood music and gypsy dances. Clearly the music of Blackmore's Night connects with fans on a deep level, allowing them to experience an entirely different era of merriment.

At the helm of this band, is award winning lyricist and vocalist, Candice Night, who not only contributes her unique, entrancing vocals, but deftly navigates seven medieval woodwinds, including chanters, shawms, pennywhistles and recorders. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and celebrated guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, who traverses between acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, mandola and hurdy gurdy.

Further enhancing the band's inspired sound are keyboardist/back-up vocalist Bard David, Violinist, Scarlett Fiddler, back up vocalist/rhythm guitar, Lady Jessie , bassist/rhythmic guitarist Earl Grey, and percussionist Troubadour of Aberdeen. With lyrics penned by Night, the collective embraces the aura of the old world inn, from madrigals and ballads to good old fashioned Renaissance-inspired pub songs.

Additionally, every one of Blackmore's Night's studio CD (11 in total) has debuted in the top 2 of the Billboard charts, many of which entered or remained at the number 1 spot. They have earned Awards such as "Best Album of the Year", "Best Vocal Album of the Year" and their sold-out concerts in castles and UNESCO sites worldwide are filled with thousands of fans dressed in Renaissance garb, dancing and singing as if time stood still. No pressure...just the gaiety and camaraderie of a medieval pub. Everyone joins in and loses their stress in the music.

Customers are stealing shopping baskets instead of buying bags, N.J. supermarkets say

Shortly after New Jersey enacted a strict plastic bag ban three months ago, employees at the Aberdeen ShopRite noticed something unusual — the store’s handheld plastic shopping baskets were vanishing.They soon realized brazen shoppers who didn’t bring their own bags and didn’t want to buy 33-cent reusable bags were simply leaving the store with their gro...

Shortly after New Jersey enacted a strict plastic bag ban three months ago, employees at the Aberdeen ShopRite noticed something unusual — the store’s handheld plastic shopping baskets were vanishing.

They soon realized brazen shoppers who didn’t bring their own bags and didn’t want to buy 33-cent reusable bags were simply leaving the store with their groceries stuffed in the shopping baskets.

“They were taking them out and never returned,” said an Aberdeen ShopRite employee who declined to give her name. “We went down to no hand baskets at all.”

And the Monmouth County store is not buying new shopping baskets, making the bins the latest grocery store convenience to disappear in the aftermath of the plastic bag ban.

“If we get more, people are going to steal them again,” the employee added.

New Jersey banned single-use plastic bags at all store registers in addition to paper bags at large grocery stores on May 4. The bag ban bill was signed into law in November 2020, giving stores and customers 18 months to prepare.

Despite the lengthy warning, several grocery stores across the state report unprepared customers are flouting basic shopping rules and common decency by stealing handheld baskets.

“While most customers have adapted, unfortunately our members have seen an uptick in customers taking the store baskets and not returning them,” said Mary Ellen Peppard, the vice president of the New Jersey Food Council, a group that represents the state’s grocers and supermarkets.

“These baskets are expensive and some stores have decided not to replace the baskets,” she said.

Peppard noted the baskets typically cost $8, but may have risen in price due to inflation.

Michael Tarya, an employee at the ShopRite of Metro Plaza in Jersey City, said his store’s handheld baskets were removed May 1 in advance of the start of the platic bag ban a few days later.

A spokeswoman for ShopRite said hand basket thefts were “a larger industry issue,” but could not say how many locations have removed the baskets entirely.

Hand baskets are still available at the Flemington ShopRite, but since the bag ban some people have used them to bring items to their car and haven’t returned, said Shannon George, catering coordinator at the Hunterdon County store. Signage now instructs customers the baskets can’t leave the store, she said.

ShopRite isn’t the only grocer dealing with the thefts.

An employee at the Midland Park Acme in Bergen County said her store didn’t have any shopping baskets in stock this week because people were taking them. When asked if baskets were available at an Acme in Woodbury in Gloucester County, an employee said “right now, no, because everybody steals them.”

Over at the Bloomfield Stop and Shop, assistant manager Dan Adams said the Essex County store’s baskets have consistently been stolen since the store eliminated free plastic bags.

“Every time we order 15 or 30 hand baskets, within a week they’re gone,” Adams said. “I order them every other week.”

Stefanie Shuman, a spokeswoman for Stop and Shop, confirmed customers at her chain are also raiding the stacks of shopping baskets.

“Like other retailers across the state, we have experienced theft of our handheld shopping baskets — an unintended consequence of the ban on plastic and paper bags,” she said.

A spokesperson for Whole Foods Market also said their stores have “experienced issues with customers taking handbaskets as a result of the bag ban. However, we have not removed handbaskets from our stores at this time.”

Not all chains are running low on shopping baskets. Marcie Rivera, a spokeswoman for Wegmans, said the chain is not having a problem with basket thefts. Spokespeople for Trader Joe’s, Acme, Aldi and Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But grocers say brazen basket thefts are not something that only happens in Jersey. Other states have also seen an uptick in handheld basket pilfering after enacting plastic bag bans.

In 2020, the baskets began disappearing from a Safeway in Redmond, Oregon, after a plastic bag ban went into effect. Other store clerks in Bend also reported missing baskets, according to NewsChannel 21. Grocers also reported similar thefts in Connecticut, Wyoming and Seattle.

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