New York Bag Ban Goes Into Effect! Will Your State Be Next?

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Is New York Ready for Their Bag Ban?

The bag ban in New York is almost here, which means the 19.5 million people who call the Empire State home need to find an alternative to single-use plastic bags. Will YOUR state be the next to implement a bag ban? Will your organization be ready? Bag bans are becoming more common, and if you want to learn more about the bag ban movement, you can check out this map of all the plastic bag bans in the world.

We have you covered if you want to learn more about how the New York Bag Ban began. Bag bans require a lot of work and a change in habits for shoppers and retailers. We decided to look at why there is a bag ban in New York and whether or not New Yorkers are ready.

Details About the Bag Ban in NY

The New York bag ban officially goes into action on March 1, 2020. The law prohibits the use of single-use plastic carry-out bags (with a few exceptions) by anyone required to collect New York State sales tax. Cities in New York and each of the 62 counties in New York have to decide whether or not to charge a 5-cent fee for paper bags. Customers receiving public assistance are exempt from the paper bag fee.

The NY bag ban is intended to reduce the negative impact single-use plastic bags have on communities and the environment. Single-use plastic bags are difficult to recycle, so consumers are left with few options to dispose of these bags safely. Most single-use plastic bags end up in landfills, taking up space and contributing to the landfills’ reaching capacity. Litter is also a common problem resulting from single-use plastic bags.

Concerns About NY Bag Ban

Some retailers have expressed concern about the extent of the New York bag ban and how the measure is being implemented. There is concern that the state has done little to support businesses that implement the ban. Others have expressed concern over the possible paper bag fee for low-income residents. Shoppers on public assistance are exempt from the paper bag fee when it is applicable; however, the fee can be a challenge for low-income shoppers who may not receive any assistance.

Bag bans involve a lot of change. Retailers have to change the items they provide and prepare their staff to implement these changes. Shoppers have to also adjust the make the switch to reusable shopping bags. There are always concerns before a bag ban goes into effect, and while some retailers have expressed concerns, other retailers have successfully made the transition ahead of schedule.

According to the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), one reusable bag generates 3300 impressions.

We Can Help with the New York Bag Ban

We have been inundated with calls from New York retailers and savvy marketers needing bags, and we are happy to help people understand how easy the process really is when you work with us. We can create ANY reusable bags you desire, as well as Kraft paper bags. We are also ISO certified, and our reusable shopping bags are certified reusable, which means they are designed to deliver dependable results, including:

– All reusable bags must have a handle.
– The ability to accommodate at least 125 uses.
– Be able to hold at least 15 liters or about four gallons.
– Must be machine washable or able to be cleaned and disinfected.

We have been based in the US for over ten years, and our factory is located in China. We work directly with our factory, which enables us to streamline the process to save time and money. We pass these savings along to our customers. Essentially, we make it easy to get the right, customized bags for your business in New York or any place.

Marketers and retailers, shop our certified reusable bags now, get a quick quote, and get on the road to getting the help you need to create the perfect custom reusable bags for your organization.


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2 thoughts on “New York Bag Ban Goes Into Effect! Will Your State Be Next?

    • Shane Shirley, CMO

      Hi, Ms. Turq, and thank you for stopping by. Helping businesses, and in turn consumers, go green with reusable bags is our pleasure!


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