Albany County Passes Law Implementing 5-cent Fee on Paper Bags

For Immediate Release: November 13, 2019

Albany County Passes Law Implementing 5-cent Fee on Paper Bags

Albany - Yesterday, the Albany County Legislature passed Local Law D, a bill by Legislator Joanne Cunningham that implements a 5-cent fee on paper shopping bags. In March 2020, the statewide plastic bag ban will take effect, but the law does not include a fee on paper bags, instead leaving it up to each municipality to adopt this second measure. 

The following statement can be attributed to Kate Kurera, Deputy Director of Environmental Advocates of New York:

"Once again, Albany County is poised to lead on the environment.

Over the past few years, Albany County has banned plastic microbeads and plastic foam take out containers, and begun the process of electrifying their municipal fleets. Now it’s set a  5-cent fee on paper bags. The fee, coupled with a statewide plastic bag ban, is the winning strategy to address disposable bag waste.We applaud the Albany County Legislature for passing Legislator Cunningham’s Local Law D, and call on County Executive Dan McCoy to sign this bill into law as soon as possible."

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