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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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Kings33129910834
Queens31382710273
Suffolk2383183590
Nassau2136033286
Bronx2067916745
New York1674924632
Westchester1433882338
Erie1054771938
Richmond882931930
Monroe835191180
Orange57192909
Rockland52859779
Onondaga51456755
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Albany30510386
Oneida28347582
Broome24121403
Niagara23795397
Saratoga20034197
Ulster17179277
Schenectady16525227
Rensselaer14618167
Putnam1242096
Chautauqua12281172
Oswego11449112
Chemung10740153
St. Lawrence10354124
Steuben9972173
Ontario9244110
Jefferson867574
Cayuga8582107
Sullivan839483
Wayne801884
Cattaraugus7586112
Genesee6904132
Herkimer6671125
Clinton663138
Tompkins646359
Fulton6228102
Madison6092102
Montgomery5865138
Livingston564971
Warren537181
Cortland528479
Tioga501271
Columbia4966111
Chenango463586
Allegany454296
Washington453367
Otsego452654
Greene434286
Wyoming433657
Orleans428087
Franklin417920
Lewis355038
Delaware350747
Seneca271663
Schoharie227221
Essex224531
Yates158827
Schuyler151317
Hamilton4343
Unassigned14424
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