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NY delays plastic bag ban enforcement by one month -


New York officials are giving retailers another month to adjust to a plastic bag ban. The plastic bag ban still officially goes into effect on Sunday. That means retailers who charge sales taxes are supposed to stop handing out single-use plastic bags to customers at checkout.
But Friday the state’s Department of Environmental Conversation said it would not start penalizing businesses that use plastic bags until April 1, Politico NY first reported Friday. The delay in enforcement comes after a court challenge in Albany County Supreme Court from a plastic bag maker and New York City bodega owners, Marie French of Politico reported.
“The Department of Environmental Conservation is pleased that a temporary restraining order was not issued in this case so New York’s ban on single-use plastic bags will go into effect as planned on March 1,” the DEC said in a written statement. “We have consistently said since the beginning of our outreach campaign that we will focus on education rather than enforcement and today does not change that.” Read more HERE.

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