Plastic bag ban goes into effect today at stores across Long Island

20 Octobre, 2020, 02:23 | Auteur: Auguste Feret

New York's plastic bag ban goes into effect for all of Long Island today.

The ban, enacted months ago, was pushed off because of a lawsuit.

After being delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and a pending lawsuit, enforcement of the ban of single-use plastic bags in NY that was signed into law earlier this year and effective as of Monday, Oct. 19.

The DEC hopes the law will protect the environment and local communities in a state where over 23 billion plastic bags are used a year.

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Environmental Advocates New York noted that plastic bags are wreaking havoc with the environment, waterways, wildlife, and costing recycling facilities upwards of $1 million a year in damage to recycling equipment. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to ban the bags in April of 2019.

If retailers do distribute the single-use plastic bags, they will be fined.

Starting tomorrow, shoppers will have to bring their own reusable bag, buy a reusable bag or pay five cents for a paper bag. A full list of exempt bags is available here.

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