when does the plastic bag ban start
According to the New York Times, if you haven't started yet, it may be a good time to finally reuse shopping bags. Two months ago, New York finally began to implement a statewide ban on disposable plastic bags
The law actually came into force last winter, but epidemics and lawsuits from plastic bag manufacturers delayed enforcement for months. Now, stores must avoid using these bags or face fines of up to $500.
There are exceptions everywhere, which means plastic bags won't disappear completely, but it's certainly harder to find these once commonplace items. Here's what you need to know:rule
The law to reduce plastic bag waste is part of an effort by Democrats to curb waste and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from plastic bag production after controlling both houses of Congress in 2019.
It is estimated that New Yorkers use about 23 billion plastic bags a year, of which 85% end up in landfills, recycling machines (although they cannot be recycled in most machines), waterways and streets.
New York is the second state after California to agree to such a ban. At least six states have followed suit, including Vermont and Connecticut. New Jersey passed a bill last month banning the use of plastic and disposable paper bags.
Why delay execution?
In February, Bodega and the small business association sued New York State, saying the ban was unconstitutional and vague. Because of the shortage of court staff during the New York pandemic, the enforcement of litigation and injunctions was at a standstill.
In August, the state Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit, and the State Environmental Protection Department later announced that enforcement would begin in October.
Exceptions to prohibition
Restaurants can still provide disposable plastic bags for takeout. Stores can use them to store raw meat, sliced or prepared food and prescription drugs.
Newspaper bags, clothing bags and bags sold in bulk, such as garbage bags or recycling bags, are also not subject to the regulation.
What about the paper bag?
If you don't bring reusable bags to the store, paper bags can cost five cents. People who use food stamps to buy items are exempt from paper bag fees.
The income from this fee will be used for state environmental protection funds and projects to distribute reusable paper bags.
Response to the ban
On Monday, workers in Bodega were adjusting to the rule, rejecting some requests for disposable plastic bags.
Jay Park, owner of 104 Broadway farm in Upper West Side Manhattan, said he stopped ordering plastic bags a few months ago, but there were dozens left. Now, Parker says, he has no choice but to put away the rest of the inventory.
"It's easier for us to use plastic bags, but it's better for the environment," he said of the ban.
In West Harlem, coco James, 60, carries a handbag to a grocery store near his office. "My first choice is reusable bags, but the second choice has to be plastic bags," he said.
James said he supported the ban, but didn't think paper bags were a better option. "I think paper bags are also a waste because no one keeps them," he said, "but people sometimes keep plastic bags."