ALBANY, N.Y. – A law prohibiting the use of single-use plastic bags went into effect statewide on March 1, but was not enforced due to a pending lawsuit over the ban.
A company that manufactures plastic packaging, Poly-Pak Industries, filed the suit, claiming the new law would put them out of business. The court ruled in favor of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
On Friday, the DEC announced the agency will begin enforcing the ban on Oct. 19.
“The Court’s decision is a victory and a vindication of New York State’s efforts to end the scourge of single-use plastic bags and a direct rebuke to the plastic bag manufacturers who tried to stop the law and DEC’s regulations to implement it,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “As we have for many months, DEC is encouraging New Yorkers to make the switch to reusable bags whenever and wherever they shop and to use common-sense precautions to keep reusable bags clean. The Court has ruled and DEC will begin to enforce the ban on Oct. 19.”
The court ordered the DEC to give 30 days’ notice of its plan to start enforcing the law, which is why the announcement was made Friday, Sept. 18.
The state is calling this the ‘BYOBagNY’ campaign.