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Status Update (January 2017): The City Council passed NYC's plastic bag law (Intro 209-A) on May 5, 2016 after extensive debate, to eliminate the 10 billion wasteful, single-use plastic bags that NYC residents throw out every year. The Council bill was amended to reduce the fee from 10-cents to 5-cents, to exempt SNAP/WIC transactions, to give stores a grace-period before fines are imposed, and to add more outreach (in multiple languages) and time for New Yorkers to prepare for the fee.
The bag bill is set to go into effect on February 15, 2017. For more information on the bill's implementation, visit DSNY's website.
Unfortunately, legislation sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder and Assembly Member Michael Cusick (S.362/A.1750) would -- if passed by both houses, and signed by the governor -- prohibit New York City from implementing our bag fee law.
As President-elect Trump and GOP Members of Congress threaten to undo critical climate protections nationwide, and strip cities and states of their ability to advance sustainability, New York State legislators who care about the environment must defend the right of localities to advance effective, forward-looking environmental policy.
Please call your State Senator & Assembly Member to urge them to oppose the "NYC Bag Pre-emption Bill" (S.362/A.1750).
Find your state senator: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator
Find your assembly member: http://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/
Why We Need NYC's Plastic Bag Law
Every year, New Yorkers dispose of 9.37 billion single-use plastic bags -- and millions of them end up in our neighborhoods, trees, streets, and oceans. New York City spends $12.5 million per year to send them to landfills, and even more to clean them off playgrounds, beaches, parks, and other public places.
Even when properly disposed of, plastic bags often blow away onto the street or into waterways, where they become eyesores, clog storm drains, and endanger wildlife. If we are going to achieve our OneNYC zero waste goals, we can't ignore harmful plastic bag waste.
Our bill aims to reduce the use and negative impacts of carryout bags by requiring a 5-cent charge for carryout bags in NYC grocery and retail stores. Read more »