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Plastic bag ban is ‘on hold’ indefinitely; DEC says 30 days notice will be given

Remember the controversial plastic bag ban that took hold earlier this year in New York?

It was the measure that prevented grocery stores and other outlets from utilizing those single-use plastic bags for customers’ goods.


Well, the time came and went for enforcement – and when the coronavirus pandemic began impacting New York – state officials backed off.

Now, the Department of Environmental Conservation says that the ban, which took effect officially on March 1st will not be enforced for the foreseeable future.


They say that businesses and residents will get 30 days notice when the ban takes hold.

Environmental activists have been calling for the ban to be implemented, and for state officials to not use the pandemic as reason for delaying.

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