DEC finalizes definitions for plastic bag ban ahead of March 1st start

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has wrapped up fine-tuning the single-use plastic bag ban, which will take hold on March 1st.

While state lawmakers passed the law last year, it had to go through some fine-tuning, as the DEC works through definitions of single-use and reusable.

The department says it took 2,500 public comments into consideration when it edited definitions for what qualifies as a “reusable” bag and clarified what kinds of bags are exempt from the ban.

Several businesses have already moved forward with implementing discontinuation of plastic bags. Wegmans in the Finger Lakes implemented the change late last month.

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