NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2020 (Local News) -A statewide law banning single-use plastic bags at supermarkets, delis, and superstores will finally be enforced on Monday, following months of delay triggered by a lawsuit and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bag Waste Reduction Law took effect on March 1st as part of the state's eco-friendly goal of reducing the number of bags used across New York State, which currently stands at 23 billion a year. Businesses were initially given a grace period until April 1st, to give them time to adjust to the new law without getting fined.
But just as the law went into effect, the Bodega and Small Business Association sued the state and asked a judge to block enforcement of the new measure, claiming the law was "unconstitutional and inconsistent" in addition to causing financial harm. Then the COVID-19 outbreak caused courts to scale back their cases, postponing a decision on the lawsuit, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation eventually pushed back enforcement to May 15th, opting instead for educating businesses statewide.
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