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N.Y. Plastic Bag Ban Begins Next Week Amid Efforts To Reverse It

Eric Risberg

A ban on plastic bags in New York is scheduled to go into effect next week. Retailers continue to fight the ban, this time by suing the state claiming they still aren’t clear on the rules.

The law prohibits some types of plastic bags, even reusable plastic bags that are sold at checkout. Only fabric and paper bags will be allowed. Retailers face fines of up to $250 for each violation.

The plastic bag ban was supposed to go into effect in March. It stalled while the state settled lawsuits with the plastics industry. The state announced last month that the ban would be enforced on October 19.

Several supermarket and bodega owners claim the regulations are illegal, and want a judge to force the state to clarify the rules.

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.