Lawmakers, environmentalists help prepare NY for new plastic bag ban

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 21, 2020 02:15 PM
Created: February 21, 2020 12:43 PM

GUILDERLAND - New York's plastic bag ban goes into effect on March 1. NewsChannel 13 has covered this change extensively. Lawmakers, business leaders, environmental leaders were at Crossgates Mall to raise awareness among consumers and businesses to help with the new law.

The biggest change is that you will need to bring reusable bags to retail and shopping establishments - not just grocery stores.


"Everybody's hair caught on fire when we did the bottle bill. 'Oh, my God! We can't change. We have to throw our bottles away,'” said Ted Potrikus with the Retail Council of New York. "Now you just put the bottles in the bag and you take them to the grocery store as a normal course of your shopping day. This will become a normal course of the shopping day. It's doable. It's the right thing to do."

The campaign, #BYOBAGNY, was launched.

There are lots of exemptions - lots of plastic bags are still allowed.

MORE INFORMATION: Bag Waste Reduction Law – information for consumers

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