The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will begin enforcement of the plastic bag ban on October 19th, 2020. New York State’s law banning plastic carryout bags took effect on March 1st, 2020.
In New York City, businesses are required to collect a non-taxable 5-cent fee from customers on paper carryout bags, with some exceptions. You can avoid paying the paper bag fee by bringing your own reusable bags to stores. Stores are required to allow the use of reusable shopping bags.
The plastic bag ban and paper bag fee are efforts to reduce the use of wasteful single-use bags and their negative impact on the environment.
Stores may choose not to switch to paper and may only have reusable bags for purchase. The City and State does not set prices for reusable bags.
You can get more information about the plastic bag ban from NYSDEC.
Please share the information with your friends, families, and networks, especially those residing in the New York area.