A long-running ban on plastic bags in New York is finally set to begin on Monday, government officials said.
Approved in March 2019, the ban was due to take effect on March 1 this year, but lasted for months as a lawsuit filed by Long Island plastics maker Poly-Pak Industries made its way through Albany’s Supreme Court. until it was largely repealed in August.
Last month, the judge gave the green light for a ban on moving forward, as long as traders received one month’s notice that he was coming.
The law prohibits bags in supermarkets and grocery stores, with the exception of bags used for pharmacy prescriptions, fruits and vegetables, and for packaging meat or fish.
The State Department of the Environment will warn traders of the first violation, but plans to hand out $ 250 fines for the second time and $ 500 quotes for third strikes.
But the bag law is not entirely out of the woods ̵
Some stores say they already have large plastic bag holders they bought, while others say it will force New Yorkers to buy their own reusable bags, as allowed by law.