Statement on Finalized Plastic Bag Regulations

For Immediate Release: February 18, 2020

New York State Releases Finalized Regulations on Plastic Bag Ban

Albany – Yesterday, the state Department of Environmental Conservation released their final regulations on the state’s plastic bag ban, which goes live on March 1st. 

The following statement on DEC’s final regulations can be attributed to Peter M. Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York:

“It’s been less than 14 days since the comment period ended, and it is clear that DEC rushed its review of the filed comments. The final regulations expand the definition of exempt bags to include plastic bags, exceeding the letter of the law and creating the conditions for more plastic pollution. It’s a shame they decided on this course of action.”

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