Solid Waste and Recycling Newsletter

Plastic Bag Ban Coming Soon

Bag Bag

Did you know that New Yorkers use more than 23 billion plastic bags a year? That’s around 1,000 bags per person annually. When we dispose them improperly, plastic bags pose threats to fish and wildlife, clog machinery at recycling facilities, and litter the pristine outdoor places we love and enjoy spending time in with our friends and family.

Starting March 1, 2020, a new plastic bag waste reduction law will take effect in New York State, and your reusable bag should be in hand when going shopping. Whether you’re going to the grocery store, clothes shopping, or to a home improvement store, make sure to bring your reusable bags. You don’t need to wait for March 1st to take action! Start bringing your reusable bags to the store ahead of the ban to build a new habit. Remember, your reusable bag means conserving natural resources, creating less litter, and keeping New York beautiful for future generations.

Additionally, 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.

Questions on the upcoming plastic bag ban? E-mail DEC at: plasticbags@dec.ny.gov.

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