State to Delay Enforcing Ban on Retail Plastic Bags

Banned! New York sends plastic bags packing

Banned! New York sends plastic bags packing AFPAFP1 Mar 2020

Although the ban went into place Sunday, the state will not penalize stores that violate the new ban until April 1st. The ban centers on the the thin plastic bags that you get at convenience stores, which aren't recyclable.

The state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags in NY, passed by lawmakers last April, is quickly approaching, and stores are beginning to transition from plastic to paper. Kaner says now shoppers will have to bring their own reusable bags.

NY is viewed as one of the most innovative cities in the world, but on the issue of plastic it has some catching up to do internationally.

The reusable bags are still plastic, and those small items with non-biodegradable plastic will build up eventually.

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"Today's court hearing delivered a big win for NY retailers and shoppers, hitting the pause button on the pending bag ban that has caused unnecessary confusion and stress statewide", Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, said in a statement.

But I needn't have anxious: Retailers are ready to swap out their plastic bags for paper, as they had shifted from paper to plastic in the 1970s after bag producers convinced them that plastic was a cheaper, more durable option.

New York's ban exempts bags used for restaurant takeout food, plastic bags used to wrap meat, and bags used for prepared food.

What are college students supposed to do when they forget their reusable bag at home, and the store either doesn't offer reusable or paper bags, they're too expensive, or they don't have enough to pay the paper bag fee? But know that that will be an extra 5-cent charge. You can buy them in packs of 4 or more and keep one in your auto, tote, and backpack.

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New York's ban on plastic bags officially began Sunday. "We've moved on to eco-friendly reusable bags and we're not looking back".

Local supermarket chains, including Wegmans, P&C Fresh, and Tops, as well as local stores like GreenStar Cooperative Market, have been selling reusable bags for years, but here's the thing - you don't have to use their bag.

According to the administration, the State Department of Environmental Conservation's BYOBagNY campaign, includes TV and radio advertisements, social media, Google Ads, and events hosted by Feeding New York State food banks across the state.

A plastic bag is stuck in a tree. "They're not happy. At least I have a month to break them in". The author deleted the Craigslist posting after a few days. That's why I only took one.

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