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Time to get out of the recyclable bags: New York will be allowed to intensify enforcement of its long-delayed plastic bag ban from Monday; retailers risk becoming fines if they distribute disposable plastic bags with consumer purchases. Full story
New York is allowed to intensify enforcement of its long-delayed plastic bag ban, which begins Monday despite a last-minute lawsuit aimed at stopping efforts once again, The NY Post reported.
Albany State Judge Gerald Connolly refused to grant the ban requested by a group of grocers, bodegas and bag manufacturers Poly-Pak Industries in a lawsuit on Oct. 9, according to a submission Thursday.
Connolly instead set a calendar of lawsuits against the Department of Environmental Conservation, which oversees the ban. The DEC has until October 23 to respond to the complaint. The next hearing is scheduled for November 4, archiving shows.
This means that retailers risk being fined as quickly as next week if they distribute disposable plastic bags with consumer purchases. Exceptions include producing bags for fruits and vegetables or those used to pack fish and meat, the DEC has said.