The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that it will begin enforcement of the State’s ban on single-use plastic carryout bags on Oct. 19th. The plastic bag ban originally went into effect on March 1st but was not enforced due to a lawsuit against New York State. The New York State Supreme Court ruled in favor of New York on Aug. 20th, upholding the bag ban and allowing DEC to enforce the law and regulations on Oct. 19th.
Under the State’s bag ban law, cities and counties are authorized to adopt a five-cent fee on paper carryout bags. In cities and counties that adopt the five-cent fee, consumers will be charged for each paper carryout bag provided at checkout. The fee does not apply to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children — a nutrition program) recipients and they are exempt from paying the five-cent fee for paper carryout bags. Additionally, stores covered under the NYS Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act are still required to collect plastic bags and other film plastics from consumers for recycling.
For more information on the plastic bag ban, visit New York State DEC’s website