ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s long-delayed ban on single-use plastic bags is now in effect.
The state law bans supermarkets, department stores and other types of businesses from distributing the thin plastic bags that have been clogging up landfills and accumulating in lakes and seas.
Single-use paper bags are still allowed, but counties have the option of imposing a 5 cent fee.
The law was supposed to go into effect March 1, but state environmental officials delayed enforcement after a lawsuit was bought by a plastic bag manufacturer and convenience store owners. A judge upheld key parts of the law this summer.