By the NYS DEC
The Bag Waste Reduction Law and Who it Affects
- cities and counties are authorized to adopt a five-cent paper carry-out bag reduction fee. This means that in these areas, a consumer will be charged 5 cents for each paper carryout bag provided at checkout. In areas that have adopted the five-cent paper carryout bag reduction fee, 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 a paper carryout bag reduction fee for paper carryout bags. One way to avoid paper bag fees no matter where you are across New York State is to always bring your own bag.
- stores covered under the NYS Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act will still be required to collect plastic bags and other film plastics from consumers for recycling. (Film plastics include items such as bread bags and plastic wraps that come over cases of water, paper towels and other similar items). As a consumer you can help by continuing to recycle these items at participating retailers.
More about Bag Waste Reduction Law:
Information for Consumers:
- Bag Waste Reduction Law: Information for Manufacturers and Retailers - Frequently asked questions about the Plastic Bag Ban (Article 27, Title 28 New York State Bag Waste Reduction Act). The law takes effect March 1, 2020 and prohibits the distribution of plastic carryout bags by certain retailers in New York state.
- Plastic Bag and Film Plastics Recycling for Consumers - Consumers will be able to recycle plastic carryout bags at certain retail stores and most grocery stores.
- Plastic Bag and Film Plastics Recycling for Retailers - The law, as adopted, requires stores with 10,000 square feet or more of retail space and chains which operate five or more stores with greater than 5,000 square feet of retail space, and which provide plastic carryout bags to its customers as a result of a product sale
- NYS Plastic Bag Task Force - a thorough analysis of the impacts of single-use plastic bags and provides several options for legislation that could help develop a statewide solution to the problem