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New York state’s plastic bag ban took effect on March 1, but like much of society, it is now on “pause” as supermarkets and retailers that remain open grapple with other issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A new state law barring plastic shopping bags went into effect Sunday. Many shoppers said they liked the plastic bags because they have many different second lives.

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New York’s ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and other outlets takes effect March 1, and stores that haven’t already made the change are gearing up for it. But one food store in Albany has never offered its own plastic bags in its 40-year history, and they say no one has been bothered by that.

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Some convenience store owners in New York State are worried about the new plastic bag ban going into effect this weekend. Their concerns are over the possible cost increase and limited availability of paper bags, as stores make the switch.

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On March 1, grocery stores and other retail outlets will no longer be providing shoppers with single-use plastic bags, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is making a last-minute push to get the word out on the plastic bag ban.

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The state’s ban on most single use plastic bags takes effect March 1. Over the holiday weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s environmental agency released regulations on how to carry out the new law, but the new rules have left both environmentalists and the plastics industry fuming.

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New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1 implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution, but many of those who support a move away from plastic are worried the new law doesn't go far enough.

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Wegmans is getting a jump on New York state's new law banning retailers from using single-use plastic bags.

New Yorkers have only about six months left to get single use plastic bags at the supermarket before a ban goes into effect March 1 and former EPA Administrator Judith Enck says that’s good thing. Enck now runs the Beyond Plastics center at Bennington College, VT and she spoke during a recent conference there. She told WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt that more needs to be done.


Wegmans supermarkets are getting ahead of New York State’s upcoming ban on single-use plastic bags.

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The New York State legislature finished up work on the budget around 7:30 a.m. Monday, just making the budget deadline of April 1. The spending plan represents a compromise where not everyone is completely happy.

With a Sunday night deadline looming, the New York state budget is starting to take shape. Lawmakers are planning to return to the Capitol for a rare Sunday session to begin voting on budget bills. The state's new fiscal year begins Monday.


The sponsors of a bill to ban single-use plastic bags in New York are optimistic that the measures will be part of the new state budget. But there are still details to be worked out, including whether there should be a fee on paper bags.