New York Will Finally Enforce Its Plastic Bag Ban

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A man carries a plastic shopping plastic bag as he walks along Times Square in New York City on April 2, 2019. Eduardo MunozAlvarez / VIEWpress / Corbis via Getty Images New York is finally bagging plastic bags . The statewide ban on the highly polluting items actually went into effect March 1 . But enforcement, which was supposed to start a month later, was delayed by the one-two punch of a lawsuit and the coronavirus pandemic, NY1 reported . Now, more than six months later, enforcement is set to begin Monday. "New York’s bag ban has already improved New York’s health by cutting down on plastic pollution ," Environmental Advocates NY deputy director Kate Kurera told NBC4 New York . "We look forward to the State beginning enforcement and stores complying with this important law." The new law prohibits most stores from giving out thin plastic shopping bags. They can dispense paper bags, for which counties have the option of charging a five cent fee. Any business caught handing out the banned plastic bags will face a fine, according to NY1. The law offers exceptions for takeout orders and bags used to wrap meat or prepared food, according […]

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