New York

Statewide Legislation  

Status: Pending

Ordinance: SB1532, AB 1003, AB 3113, AB 1864, AB 947, AB 191, AB 167

Notes: SB 1532: Creates a “Nickels for Nature” program imposing a 5 cents fee on single use carryout bags, both paper and plastic, provided to retail customers at checkout. Provides 5 cent rebate to customers who bring reusable bags. AB 1033: Creates the “Pennies for parks” program and imposes a one cent fee on single use plastic carryout bags provided to retail customers. Funds collected from the fees are dedicated to state parks and historic preservation. AB 3113: Imposes a 15-cent tax on plastic shopping bags used to transport tangible personal property purchased by consumers at checkout. The bill does not include paper bags. AB 1864: Requires stores that provide plastic bags to customers to conspicuously post a “Dont’ Forget Your Reusable Tote Bag” sign at each entrance. AB 947: Authorizes local governments to imposes 25 cents tax on plastic bags distributed to customers at retail checkout. Also, requires retailers in New York City to impose bag fee and offer customers a reusable tote bag, which would require payment of a refundable deposit fee. AB 191: Expands the state plastic bag recycling law to include film plastic packaging, such as newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags and shrink-wrap. AB 167: Authorizes New York City to enforce the plastic bag recycling program with requirements that are more stringent than the state’s for chain stores and stores larger than 5000 sq. ft.

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Updated: March 25, 2013

Albany

Status: Mandatory Recycling Program

Notes: Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.

Updated: February 16, 2012

East Hampton

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

Compliance Date: 2012

Ordinance: Four-2011 Chapter 231

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Updated: April 20, 2012

Larchmont

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 more

Fees: None

Compliance Date: 10/01/2013

Ordinance: 1-2013

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Updated: May 01, 2013

Mamaroneck

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 more

Compliance Date: 01/16/2013

Ordinance: F2012

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Updated: July 19, 2012

Nassau

Status: Mandatory Recycling Program

Notes: Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.

Updated: February 16, 2012

New York City

Status: Mandatory Recycling Program

Notes: Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.

Updated: February 16, 2012

Rockland

Status: Mandatory Recycling Program

Notes: Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.

Updated: February 16, 2012

Rye

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 more

Fees: None

Compliance Date: 10/01/2012

Ordinance: Chapter 154

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Updated: April 20, 2012

South Hampton

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 more

Fees: None

Compliance Date: 2012

Ordinance: 4-2011 Chapter 82

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Updated: April 20, 2012

Suffolk

Status: Mandatory Recycling Program

Notes: Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.

Updated: February 16, 2012

Ulster

Status: Failed

Ordinance: LL No3

Updated: April 20, 2012

Westchester

Status: Mandatory Recycling Program

Notes: Program that requires stores that give plastic bags also have recycle bins on location.

Updated: February 16, 2012