Confusion over what's legal under NY plastic bag ban

August 13, 2019 06:57 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — The way you shop is changing in New York. 

As News10NBC has been reporting, the state is banning most plastic bags at grocery stores next year. But did your lawmakers make a mistake when passing the new law?


The law states the ban will cover quote "any plastic" bag. The Buffalo News reports, industry experts and environmentalists who have been at odds over this topic actually agree on something: The law is too vague.

With budgets coming up for 2020, companies are trying to find out if those colorful reusable tote bags at checkout lines now will be legal? Or what if they have plastic handles? 

According to the Buffalo News, government sources privately acknowledge there are talks to narrow the bag ban law to clear up any confusion.

The state ban is still on schedule to kick in March 2020.

Some companies are already working to phase out single use plastic bags. Wegmans, a big critic early on of any ban, will stop using the plastic bags by the end of this year.


Brennan Somers

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