New York Bag Legislations

Statewide Legislation

Status Inactive
Status Date January 18, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Counties and cities in New York will have the option to charge a fee on each paper bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag: (a) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles; or (b) a durable bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Stores Affected It applies to any store that is required to collect sales tax, including groceries, retailers and small businesses. except restaurants (take-out or delivery), assuming those bags comply with the sanitary code.
Fees Optional by muncipality
Comply Date June 15, 2020
Ordinance 2020 Budget (A02008C, Part H, Title 28, Section 27
Notes Update: Enforcement of legislation is delayed due to COVID-19

NOTE: If a local municipality or city has an ordinance already adopted, they must still comply with the bag type/use requirements in State of NY ordinance. However, they can keep their fee structure if they adopted one. If they did not have a fee or if they've never had a law, it now becomes their discretion whether to adopt the new paper bag reduction fee. ADVISE: a retailer should seek council. The State of NY would not confirm this interpretation of their law.

The New York Bag law temporary hold was set to expire on 5/15. It has now been extended to 6/15.
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Updated May 27, 2020

Albany

Status Mandatory Recycling Program
Notes Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.
Updated October 02, 2019

Bedford

Status Approved
Status Date June 06, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition 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 chapter shall be conspicuously labeled as reusable.
Stores Affected RETAIL SALES The transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, sidewalk sales, farmers' markets and flea markets. The term retail sales does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, and other sales by residents at their homes
Fees $0.10 for any single use bag
Comply Date April 01, 2019
Ordinance Chapter 98
Notes NOTE: This is not a ban. If a retailer choses to give single use bags- they need to charge a fee.
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Updated October 02, 2019

Dutchess County

Status Approved
Status Date December 24, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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 4.0 thick.
Stores Affected
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 stores, ...view more 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
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance #2018-297
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Updated October 02, 2019

East Hampton

Status Approved
Status Date July 29, 2011
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date January 01, 2012
Ordinance Four-2011 Chapter 231
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Updated October 02, 2019

East Hampton Town

Status Approved
Status Date December 18, 2014
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date April 22, 2015
Ordinance 2014-1513
Updated October 02, 2019

East Hampton Village

Status Approved
Status Date July 29, 2011
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date January 01, 2012
Ordinance Four-2011 Chapter 231
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Updated October 02, 2019

Hastings on the Hudson

Status Approved
Status Date May 01, 2014
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date June 01, 2015
Ordinance Law #4 of 2014
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Updated October 02, 2019

Larchmont

Status Approved
Status Date March 22, 2013
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date October 01, 2013
Ordinance 13-Jan
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Updated October 02, 2019

Long Beach

Status Approved
Status Date October 16, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition 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 fabric, (ii) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick, or (iii) defined as a reusable bag by the commissioner.
Stores Affected Any business required to be licensed per 14-15 that provides carryout bags
Fees $0.05 for any carry out bag
Comply Date April 22, 2017
Ordinance Chapter 14 Article VII
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Updated October 02, 2019

Madison County

Status Failed
Updated October 02, 2019

Nassau

Status Mandatory Recycling Program
Notes Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.
Updated October 02, 2019

New Castle

Status Approved
Status Date May 26, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date January 01, 2017
Ordinance Chapter 54
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Updated October 02, 2019

New Paltz Village

Status Approved
Status Date November 03, 2014
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date April 01, 2015
Ordinance Code Chapter 160
Updated October 02, 2019

New York City

Status Cancelled
Status Date May 05, 2016
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Accepted, but for a fee
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • 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
Comply Date October 01, 2016
Ordinance 209-A
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Updated October 02, 2019

Patchogue Village

Status Approved
Status Date June 15, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • 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
Comply Date September 16, 2015
Ordinance No 5-2015/ Ch 315
Updated October 02, 2019

Pleasantville

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Rockland

Status Approved
Status Date March 13, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Single-use Carryout Paper Bag means a paper bag provided at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure for purposes of transporting food, food related merchandise and all non-food related merchandise out of the Store. D. Reusable bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria:(a) Designed and manufactured to withstand 50 repeated uses over a period of time;(b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly;(c) Is at least four mils thick, if made from plastic; and(d) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store means all retail establishments, including but not limited to convenience stores, restaurants, sellers of merchandise and dry goods sold to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale.
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance Amendment #6 to Bill Chapter 14, Article 1, section 14-106
Notes Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.
Updated October 02, 2019

Rye

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date October 01, 2012
Ordinance Chapter 154
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Updated October 02, 2019

South Hampton Town

Status Approved
Status Date December 18, 2014
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date April 22, 2015
Ordinance 2014-1342
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Updated October 02, 2019

South Hampton Villlage

Status Approved
Status Date April 26, 2011
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date January 01, 2012
Ordinance 4-2011 Chapter 82
Updated October 02, 2019

Southhold

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Suffolk County

Status Approved
Status Date September 16, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • 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
Comply Date January 01, 2018
Ordinance 27-2016
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Updated October 02, 2019

Tompkins County

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Ulster County

Status Approved
Status Date October 19, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • RECYCLABLE PAPER BAG shall mean a paper bag that (1) contains no oldgrowth fiber; (2) is 100% recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% postconsumer recycled content; and (3) displays the word Recyclable on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition REUSABLE BAG shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse that is provided by a Covered Store to its Customer at the point of sale and is capable of carrying twenty-two (22) pounds over a distance of one hundred and seventy five feet (175) for a minimum of one hundred and twenty five (125) uses and is either: (a) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or (b) made of durable plastic that is at least 4 mils thick.
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, stationary and office supply stores, farmers markets, open-air flea markets and food ...view more establishments that provide carryout bags to consumers. This term does not include food service establishments located outside of grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores or food marts. view less
Fees $0.05 for paper bags
Comply Date July 15, 2019
Ordinance Local Law #5 of 2018
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Updated October 02, 2019

Ventnor City

Status Approved
Status Date May 22, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple, long-term reuse, (i) made of cloth or other machine or hand washable fabric, or (ii) made of other durable material, including plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick
Stores Affected
Covered store means a general vendor, 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 food stores, packaged goods sellers, or liquor stores, that provide carryout bags to consumers in which to place ...view more purchased or obtained at such establishment. Such term shall not include food service establishments as defined in section 189-2 C view less
Fees Fee on $0.05 on all carry out bags (paper or reusable)
Comply Date October 01, 2018
Ordinance 2018-002 (Chapter 189)
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Updated October 02, 2019

Village of Mamaroneck

Status Approved
Status Date July 16, 2012
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date January 16, 2013
Ordinance F2012
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Updated October 02, 2019

Westchester

Status Mandatory Recycling Program
Notes Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.
Updated October 02, 2019

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