New York State DEC Will Begin Enforcing Plastic Bag Ban Oct. 19

New York State DEC Will Begin Enforcing Plastic Bag Ban Oct. 19

New York State Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced on September 18 that the DEC would start enforcing the state’s ban on single-use plastic carryout bags on October 19.

The ban on plastic bags, in New York State, went into effect on March 1, but due to a lawsuit brought to the Supreme Court by Poly-Pak Industries Inc., both parties agreed to stall enforcement.

“The Court’s decision is a victory, and a vindication of New York State’s efforts to end the scourge of single-use plastic bags and a direct rebuke to the plastic bag manufacturers who tried to stop the law and DEC’s regulations to implement it,” DEC Commissioner Seggos said.

An estimated 23 billion plastic bags are used annually by New Yorkers, with almost 85 percent ending up in landfills, recycling, machines, waterways, and streets.

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