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More than just banning plastic bags, NY counties could charge for paper too

Just before Monday's budget deadline, state lawmakers signed off on a $175.5 billion spending plan.

Posted: Apr 1, 2019 2:09 PM

Just before Monday's budget deadline, state lawmakers signed off on a $175.5 billion spending plan.

The plastic bag ban is going to impact everyone starting March 1 of next year, but it's not just plastic that's impacted by the new law.

Individual counties will have the option of charging five cents for paper bags, with two cents going to local governments and three cents going to the state's environmental protection fund.

New York is the third state to have a bag law, California has banned plastic since 2016, and all of Hawaii’s counties ban plastic, but it's not a state mandate.

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