Enforcement begins on NY's plastic bag ban

Enforcement begins on NY's plastic bag ban

Don't worry, they didn't forget. State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos previously called the court's decision a "vindication of NY state's efforts to end the scourge of single-use plastic bags".

The ban was set to kick in on March 1, but a lawsuit by the plastic bag industry stalled it.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos declared that the DEC will start to uphold the prohibition on single-utilize plastic carryout bags on October 19, 2020.

The plastic bag ban has some exemptions including vegetables and fruit. "It's time to BYOBagNY".

New Yorkers use an estimated 23 billion plastic bags each year and that means plastic waste left in waterways, streets and landfills. The average person only uses each bag for about 12 minutes.

However the bag legislation isn't totally out of the woods - a number of new authorized challenges from bodegas, supermarkets and grocery shops claiming that the legislation creates new monetary hardships for his or her companies are nonetheless pending.

Jim Calvin, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores, told CNN in February that there has been a lot of confusion and anxiety about the ban. People were bringing their personal use bags to the store for their groceries and many stores voiced a concern that those bags could be helping to transmit the virus between people from customers to workers. They can also still be used for restaurant takeout and to carry out prescription drugs.

How can shoppers prepare for the ban?

Some stores are offering paper bags instead, but many are charging a fee to receive the paper bags.

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