Single-use plastic bag ban enforcement begins October 19

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NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will begin enforcement of the state’s ban on single-use plastic carryout bags on October 19. The ban actually went into effect on March 1, but was delayed due to a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court.

DEC Commissioner Seggos said, “The Court’s decision is a victory and a vindication of New York State’s efforts to end the scourge of single-use plastic bags and a direct rebuke to the plastic bag manufacturers who tried to stop the law and DEC’s regulations to implement it. As we have for many months, DEC is encouraging New Yorkers to make the switch to reusable bags whenever and wherever they shop and to use common-sense precautions to keep reusable bags clean. The Court has ruled and DEC will begin to enforce the ban on October 19th. It’s time to BYOBagNY.”  

The DEC continues to encourage New Yorkers to use reusable bags wherever and whenever they shop with the #BYOBagNY campaign, which was launched earlier this year. 

New Yorkers use an estimated 23 billion plastic bags annually, and each for about 12 minutes.

For more information about the plastic bag ban, reusable bags, or to file a complaint about entities using single-use plastic carryout bags, visit DEC’s website, email plasticbags@dec.ny.gov, or call (518) 402-8706.

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