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N.Y. Officials: Plastic Bag Ban Won't Effect School Lunches

Plastic Bag
Mark Baker
New York State's plastic bag ban went into effect this month.

A plastic bag ban that went into effect this week in New York has some school officials confused about whether they will be required to change the way they package school lunches.

New York regulators say the law does not apply to schools that use plastic bags to distribute meals to students.

The bag ban only applies to grocery stores, retailers and some nonprofits that hand out plastic bags to consumers.

The state groups these businesses by how they collect state sales tax. Products like raw meat, produce and takeout food can still be distributed in plastic bags. And bags sold in bulk, like garbage bags, are also exempt.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.