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Public hearing held in Albany over plastic bag ban as stores phase out single-use

Public hearings were held in Albany on Monday regarding a plastic bag ban, which goes into effect next month.

The change will be fully-implemented across New York State on March 1st.

Members of the American Progressive Bag Alliance say they wish these conversations happened before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law last spring, according to WHEC-TV.

“Certainly you’re going to have some stores, especially the larger ones, that are going to get first dibs at those,” Matt Seaholm, the executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance said. “But any medium or smaller retailer is just not going to have anything to offer because everything is either imported from overseas or it’s a paper bag, and those are just not going to be available.”