Everything You Need To Know About The NY Bag Ban

What is the New York Plastic Bag Ban?


The New York Plastic Bag Ban, also known as The Plastic Bag Waste Reduction Act, is a state mandated regulation banning the distribution of disposable shopping bags by any retail establishment in New York, as well as imposing a 5 cent tax per paper bag to be collected by the store owner.




Who is no longer allowed to provide plastic bags under the New York Plastic Bag Ban?


Any person required to collect New York State sales tax will no longer be able to provide plastic carryout bags, as defined in Title 28 of the ECL, to their customers.




What does the term "plastic carryout bag" mean? Does this include all plastic bags?


Any plastic bag that is not either reusable or part of an exempt category (see below) is banned for use by the New York Plastci Bag Ban.




What kind of bags are exempt from the New York Plastic Bag Ban?


  • Reusable bags are not part of the New York Plastic Bag Ban
  • Bags used for solely for non-prepackaged food are exempt from the New York Plastic Bag Ban
  • Bags sold as a trash bag are exempt from the New York Plastic Bag Ban
  • Bags used by a restaurant for carry out or to deliver prepared food are expempt from the New York Plastic Bag Ban
  • Bags provided by a pharmacy to carry prescription drugs are not part of the New York Plastic Bag Ban




When does the New York Plastic Bag Ban take effect?


The New York Plastic Bag Ban began to take effect on March 1, 2020. However, due to consumer and industry pushback, the state Department of Environmental Conservation agreed to wait one month, until April 1, to enforce penalties against stores that do not comply




Where can I learn more about the New York Plastic Bag Ban?


Bag Arts has been researching and educating store owners on the details of this law since it was introduced. Please fill out the form on the bottom of this page to request more information if you are a store owner.





Since the New York Plastic Bag Ban was introduced, Bag Arts has been helping store owners understand this law and how to achieve compliance to avoid penalties.
 
If you own a store and need help, we would love to help you navigate this new regulation and give you all the information you need to make the right decisions for your business.
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