An American Neighbour Takes Some Real Action on Plastic Pollution

New York State’s Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags       Now in Effect

As of this past March 1st, 2020, single-use plastic bags are gone at retail stores

News from the Sierra Club, one of the oldest and most respected environmental groups in the world

Posted March 11th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper – While Ontario and other provinces across Canada continue to fiddle while plastic waste continues to pile, right across the border in New York State, single-use plastic bags are banned, beginning this past March 1st.

Plastic bags don’t belong here

Going back to my years as a full-time environment reporter at newspapers in the 1980s and 90s, I can remember when governments in Canada were leaders in taking measures like this. But that hasn’t been the case for much of the past 20 or so years.

Now here is some news from the Sierra Club about the New York State ban on single-use plastic bags.)

Starting  Sunday, March 1st, shoppers in New York State said goodbye to single-use thin film plastic bags at the checkout lines.

Some counties have opted-in to a 5-cent fee on paper bags (with 3 cents going to the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and 2 cents going back to the county to purchase reusable bags for distribution), and some stores have even announced they will be charging a 5-cent fee on paper, regardless of what county the store is located (i.e. Wegman’s, Price Chopper, Hannaford).

New York State is urging shoppers to bring their own bags.

But to avoid the fee all together, BYOBag – or Bring Your Own Bag!

Additional information about the Plastic Bag Ban:

            – Bans stores from giving out for free thin-film single-use plastic bags (some exemptions apply – see “Exempt Bags” here .

            – The Bag Ban applies to more than just grocery stores. Whether you’re going to the grocery store, clothes shopping, or to a home improvement store, make sure to bring your reusable bags.       

            -By bringing your own bag, you won’t have to worry about any fee and can do your daily part to reduce this needless form of plastic pollution.

            – The Plastic Bag and Film Plastics Recycling Law is still in effect. NYers are still able to recycle plastic carryout bags and other thin film plastic at certain retail stores and most grocery stores (http://click.emails.c/?qs=18c5613c74111364b977f17cd29f9b56b199f615182396f4b325cfcb7565f6ce6a613da89f221bb1f8eea22a1486caa95173129d1c2ab206

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has more information on their  website by clicking on –

(A message from The Sierra Club to  members of the public who have supported reducing plastic waste)

Thank you for all your work to better NY’s environment.

As you know, single-use plastic bags are an environmental menace.

Addressing the scourge of 23 billion plastic bags that are discarded in New York annually will have a lasting effect on the health of NY’s parks, waterways, communities, and wildlife.

The Sierra Club applauds the work that went into making this law a reality here in NYS and looks forward to continuing to work with the Governor, the DEC, and the Legislature to ensure this law is a true success.

Thank you for your support!

Caitlin Ferrante, Conservation & Development Program Manager, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter

For more on the Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter, and its advocacy work for our environment click on –

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