While the ban on plastic bags has been in place in New York state since March 1, the Department of Environmental Conservation is beginning enforcement of the law starting on October 19.

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Delayed enforcement of the ban was the result of a lawsuit brought against the state by Poly-Pak Industries, Inc., et al, in New York State Supreme Court.

The commissioner of the DEC, Basil Seggos, told WGRZ:

“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. 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 October 19th. It’s time to BYOBagNY."

Adoption of the plastic bag ban was interrupted during the start of COVID-19 pandemic in the spring.