ALBANY — Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Friday that the state Department of Environmental Conservation will begin enforcing the ban on “single-use plastic carryout bags” on Oct. 19.
The enforcement announcement comes six months after the state’s bag ban began in March. It was previously not enforced due to an agreement following a lawsuit.
“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,” Seggos said. “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 Oct. 19.”