New York, New York….and the flight of the plastic bag ban!

The State of New York is considering bag legislation. Assembly member Felix Ortiz (D) introduced AB 8479. This would impose a 15 cent tax on plastic shopping bags. Currently AB 8479 is in the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means.

New York City has long been talking about the possibility of bag legislation. The cause has new life with New York City Councilman Brad Landers (D-Brooklyn) and Council woman Margaret Landers (D-Manhattan) now pushing to regulate carry out bags in New York City. Previous attempts by Landers failed to reach the 26 vote majority needed to pass the council. The new ordinance places a $0.05 cent tax on all carry out bags. The City would retain this money and not the retailers.

This is a compromise over Landers last proposal. It is too soon to say if the new proposal will garnish the 26 needed votes to pass. However, since the new proposal went from a fee to a tax, not only would it need council approval but also the State of New York.

Make sure to keep checking our website for updates on single use bag legislation that is pending or being implemented. Our retail packaging specialists stay on top of the ever changing market conditions. Let us help you navigate bag legislation in the municipalities you sell into and select the best packaging for your stores. We hope that you will contact us by phone at 888-429-5673 or via email at baglaws@swalter.com.

Single–Use Bag Legislation…The Year in Review

It was seven years ago that the first bag legislation was introduced. We’ve seen a lot of change over seven years. 2012 was a busy year for local bag ordinances; both in California and around the world.

Here are some stats for California:

  • 20 new bag ordinances adopted in 2012, covering 41 cities and counties
  • That’s double the number of bag ordinances adopted in 2011
  • Stores in at least 56 cities and counties will be affected by bag legislation by Earth Day, 2013

The new year will see many ordinances approved during 2012 require compliance in January 2013. These cities/counties include:

  • Alameda County, CA
  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • Pasadena, CA (2nd part of their phase-in program)
  • The Big Island of Hawaii
  • Village of Mamaroneck, NY
  • Barrington, RI
  • Corvallis, OR
  • Laguna Vista, TX
  • Mukilteo, WA

Our retail packaging specialists stay on top of the ever changing market conditions. Let us help you navigate bag legislation in the municipalities you sell into and select the best packaging for your stores. We hope that you will contact us by phone at 888-429-5673 or via email at baglaws@swalter.com.