Gov. Cuomo signs plastic bag ban into law

April 22, 2019 06:52 PM

Governor Cuomo celebrated Earth Day by banning single use plastic bags.

The governor signed legislation that bans the bags starting in March of 2020. It's estimated New Yorkers use 23 billion of them every year.

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Environmentalists say 50 percent of the bags end up as litter.

The governor says the Department of Environmental Conservation will ensure this ban does not impact those with low or moderate incomes.

Meanwhile, grocery store chain Wegmans, which has no Capital Region locations, says they plan to phase out plastic bags by the end of this year.


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