On March 1, 2020, New York State’s law banning single-use plastic carryout bags takes effect. In New York City, businesses will also be required to collect a 5-cent fee on paper carryout bags from customers.
The ban and fee are efforts to reduce the use of wasteful single-use bags and their negative impact on the environment.
If you pay using SNAP or WIC, you will not be charged any paper bag fees. Stores must provide SNAP and WIC users with free carryout bags. No other customers are exempt from this fee.
You can avoid paying the fee by bringing your own reusable bags to stores. Stores are required to sell reusable bags for customers. You can also get a free reusable bag from giveaways sponsored by the Department of Sanitation.
You can get more information about the new law from the State.
Learn more about the carryout bag ban and fee.
Learn more about the carryout bag ban and fee for businesses.
- Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- Division: Bureau of Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Phone Number: (518) 402-8706
- Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM