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Status
Approved
Status Date
01/18/2019
Plastic Summary
Banned
Paper Summary
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
03/1/2020
Ordinance
2020 Budget (A02008C, Part H, Title 28, Section 27
Notes
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.
More Information
Updated
September 03, 2019

Albanytop

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

Bedfordtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
06/06/2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary
A paper bag that should have the following characteristics: A. Contains no old-growth fiber; B. Is 100% recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content.
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
04/01/2019
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.
More Information
Updated
July 31, 2018

Dutchess Countytop

Status
Approved
Status Date
12/24/2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary
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 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 moreconvenience 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
01/01/2019
Ordinance
#2018-297
More Information
Updated
April 01, 2019

East Hamptontop

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
Comply Date
2012
Ordinance
Four-2011 Chapter 231
More Information
Updated
April 20, 2012

East Hampton Towntop

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
Comply Date
04/22/2015
Ordinance
2014-1513
More Information
Updated
February 03, 2015

East Hampton Villagetop

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
Comply Date
2012
Ordinance
Four-2011 Chapter 231
Updated
May 31, 2012

Hastings on the Hudsontop

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
Comply Date
06/01/2015
Ordinance
Law #4 of 2014
More Information
Updated
February 03, 2014

Larchmonttop

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 moreorganizations. view less
Fees
None
Comply Date
10/01/2013
Ordinance
1-2013
More Information
Updated
May 01, 2013

Long Beachtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
10/16/2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 2.25 thick and 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
04/22/2017
Ordinance
Chapter 14 Article VII
More Information
Updated
January 04, 2018

Madison Countytop

Status
Failed
Updated
January 04, 2018

Nassautop

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

New Castletop

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 moresale of goods Restaurants are not included. view less
Comply Date
01/01/2017
Ordinance
Chapter 54
More Information
Updated
March 30, 2016

New Paltz Villagetop

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
Comply Date
04/01/2015
Ordinance
Code Chapter 160
More Information
Updated
February 03, 2015

New York Citytop

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 morestores 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
10/01/2016
Ordinance
209-A
More Information
Updated
March 01, 2017

Patchogue Villagetop

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 morecharitable 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
09/16/2015
Ordinance
No 5-2015/ Ch 315
More Information
Updated
December 01, 2015

Pleasantvilletop

Status
Pending
Updated
April 02, 2018

Rocklandtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
03/13/2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
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
01/01/2019
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
April 30, 2018

Ryetop

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 moreorganizations. view less
Fees
None
Comply Date
10/01/2012
Ordinance
Chapter 154
More Information
Updated
April 20, 2012

South Hampton Towntop

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
Comply Date
04/22/2015
Ordinance
2014-1342
More Information
Updated
February 03, 2015

South Hampton Villlagetop

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 moreorganizations. view less
Fees
None
Comply Date
2012
Ordinance
4-2011 Chapter 82
More Information
Updated
May 31, 2012

Southholdtop

Status
Pending
Updated
September 09, 2015

Suffolk Countytop

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 moresupermarkets, 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
01/01/2018
Ordinance
27-2016
More Information
Updated
September 29, 2016

Tompkins Countytop

Status
Pending
More Information
Updated
July 31, 2013

Ulster Countytop

Status
Approved
Status Date
10/19/2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary
“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 moreestablishments 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
07/15/2019
Ordinance
Local Law #5 of 2018
More Information
Updated
January 02, 2019

Ventnor Citytop

Status
Approved
Status Date
05/22/2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 2.25 mil
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 morepurchased 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
10/01/2018
Ordinance
2018-002 (Chapter 189)
More Information
Updated
June 07, 2018

Village of Mamaronecktop

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 moreorganizations. view less
Comply Date
01/16/2013
Ordinance
F2012
More Information
Updated
July 19, 2012

Westchestertop

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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