New York is set to become the second state in the country to ban plastic shopping bags, but it will be up to its counties and cities whether to charge a fee for paper.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic lawmakers have reached a deal to prohibit single-use plastic bags statewide as part of the state’s $175 billion budget, which is set to be put to a vote Sunday.
New York’s ban will apply to all single-use plastic bags provided by stores to carry out goods.
It applies to any store that is required to collect sales tax, including groceries, retailers and small businesses.
It does not apply to reusable bags with handles that are made of cloth or another durable material. It’ll all begin March 1st, 2020.