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New York - Bag Legislation

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Statewide Legislation

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Status Pending
Ordinance SB 6717
Notes 6/20/2017 Passed the Senate Rules committee and sent to the lower chamber. This session does not recess until June 21 of 2018. New York Assembly is unlikely to review this until 2018. 6/19/2017 Bill was introduces. Seeks to crerate a preemption from local bills to put a fee or ban on merdandise bags in Suffolk County.
Updated June 23, 2017

Albany

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Status Mandatory Recycling Program
Notes Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.
Updated February 16, 2012

East Hampton

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/29/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected See ordinance for full description
Fees None
Compliance Date 2012
Ordinance Four-2011 Chapter 231
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Updated April 20, 2012

East Hampton Town

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/18/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected Any person engaged in retail sales within a principal or accessory retail use within the Town shall provide only reusable bags and/or recyclable paper bags as checkout bags to customers.
Fees None
Compliance Date 04/22/2015
Ordinance 2014-1513
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Updated February 03, 2015

East Hampton Village

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/29/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and/or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected See ordinance for full description
Fees None
Compliance Date 2012
Ordinance Four-2011 Chapter 231
Updated May 31, 2012

Hasting On The River

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/01/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and/or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected Retail Sales - The transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, sidewalk sales, farmers' markets, flea markets and restaurants. The term "retail sales" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, and other sales by residents at their home.
Fees None
Compliance Date 06/01/2015
Ordinance Law #4 of 2014
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Updated February 03, 2014

Larchmont

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/22/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected
Retail Sales. The transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, sidewalk sales, farmers' markets, flea markets and restaurants. The term "retail sales" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their home, and sales by ...view more organizations. view less
Fees None
Compliance Date 10/01/2013
Ordinance 1-2013
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Updated May 01, 2013

Long Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/16/2016
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected A Business Establishment should be any business required to be licensed pursuant to section 14-16 of this Chapter that provides bags to its customers.
Fees $0.05 for any carry out bag
Compliance Date 04/22/2017
Ordinance Chapter 14 Article VII
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Updated March 15, 2017

Madison County

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Status Pending
Updated April 20, 2017

Mamaroneck

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/16/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected
Retail Sales. The transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, sidewalk sales, farmers' markets, flea markets and restaurants. The term "retail sales" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their home, and sales by ...view more organizations. view less
Compliance Date 01/16/2013
Ordinance F2012
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Updated July 19, 2012

Nassau

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Status Mandatory Recycling Program
Notes Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.
Updated February 16, 2012

New Castle

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/26/2016
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; A drug store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the ...view more sale of goods Restaurants are not included. view less
Compliance Date 01/01/2017
Ordinance Chapter 54
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Updated March 30, 2016

New Paltz Village

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/03/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and/or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected The transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, sidewalk sales, farmers' markets, flea markets and restaurants. The term "retail sales" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, and other sales by residents at their homes.
Fees None
Compliance Date 04/01/2015
Ordinance Code Chapter 160
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Updated February 03, 2015

New York City

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Status Cancelled
Status Date 05/05/2016
Plastic Summary Accepted, but for a fee
Paper Summary Paper carryout bags provided by covered stores to customers shall contain a minimum of forty percent post-consumer recycled content and be conspicuously labeled with the amount of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition The term "reusable carryout bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either (i) made of cloth or other machine washable material, but not film plastic, or (ii) defined as a reusable carryout bag by rule of the commissioner. Reusable carryout bags provided to customers pursuant to this chapter shall be conspicuously labeled as reusable.
Stores Affected
The term "covered store" means a general vendor, green cart or a retail or wholesale establishment engaged in the sale of personal, consumer or household items including but not limited to drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, foodmarts, apparel stores, home center and hardware stores, stationery and office ...view more stores and food service establishments located within grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores or foodmarts that provide carryout bags to customers in which to place purchased items. Such term does not include food service establishments located outside of grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, or foodmarts, including emergency food providers, mobile food vendors that are not green carts, or stores licensed pursuant to section 63 of the state alcoholic beverage control law to sell liquor at retail for consumption off the premises. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on Paper and Plastic Bags
Compliance Date 10/01/2016
Ordinance 209-A
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Link to more information
Updated March 01, 2017

Patchogue Village

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/15/2015
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary A paper bag provided at the check stand, cash register, point of sale, or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise out of the establishment that contains no old-growth fiber and a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content; is 100% recyclable; and has printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag the words "reusable" and "recyclable," the name and location of the manufacturer, and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Either a bag made of cloth or other machine-washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2 1/4 mils thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Stores Affected
RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT: Any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the Village of Patchogue. "Retail establishment" does not include public eating establishments or ...view more charitable reusers. PUBLIC EATING ESTABLISHMENT: A restaurant, takeout food establishment, or any other business, that receives 90% or more of its revenue from the sale of prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises; or A department, unit or section located within and operated by a retail establishment that generates 90% or more of its revenue from the sale of prepared food to be eaten on or off its premises, and the department, unit or section does not engage in the sale of perishable or nonperishable goods from another department, unit or section within the same retail establishment. view less
Compliance Date 09/16/2015
Ordinance No 5-2015/ Ch 315
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Updated December 01, 2015

Rockland

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Status Mandatory Recycling Program
Notes Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.
Updated February 16, 2012

Rye

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Status Approved
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected
Retail Sales. The transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, sidewalk sales, farmers' markets, flea markets and restaurants. The term "retail sales" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their home, and sales by ...view more organizations. view less
Fees None
Compliance Date 10/01/2012
Ordinance Chapter 154
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Updated April 20, 2012

South Hampton Town

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/18/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected Any person engaged in retail sales within a principal or accessory retail use within the Town shall provide only reusable bags and/or recyclable paper bags as checkout bags to customers.
Fees None
Compliance Date 04/22/2015
Ordinance 2014-1342
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Updated February 03, 2015

South Hampton Villlage

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/26/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected
Retail Sales. The transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, sidewalk sales, farmers' markets, flea markets and restaurants. The term "retail sales" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their home, and sales by ...view more organizations. view less
Fees None
Compliance Date 2012
Ordinance 4-2011 Chapter 82
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Updated May 31, 2012

Southhold

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Status Pending
Updated September 09, 2015

Suffolk County

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/16/2016
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition "Rusable Carryout Bag" shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either: (1) made of cloth or other machine washable material, but not film plastic; or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick Reusable carryout bags provided to customers pursuant to this local law shall be conspicuously labeled as reusable.
Stores Affected
"Covered Store" shall mean an establishment engaged in the retail sale of personal, consumer or household items including but not limited to drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, foodmarts, apparel stores, home center and hardware stores, stationery and office supply stores, and food service establishments located within grocery ...view more supermarkets, convenience stores or foodmarts, that provide carryout bags to customers in which to place purchased items. This term does not include food service establishments located outside of grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores or foodmarts. view less
Fees $0.05 per carryout bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2018
Ordinance 27-2016
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Updated September 29, 2016

Tompkins County

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Status Pending
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Updated July 31, 2013

Ulster

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Status Failed
Ordinance LL No3
Updated April 20, 2012

Westchester

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Status Mandatory Recycling Program
Notes Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.
Updated February 16, 2012
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