New York City Council passes paper bag fee — again — following plastic ban

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

The New York City Council recently voted 38-9 to approve a bill (Intro 1527) that will establish a five-cent “paper carryout bag reduction fee” to accompany the upcoming statewide plastic bag ban.

Following guidelines set forth in the state legislation, the city will receive two cents from every fee “for the purpose of purchasing and distributing reusable bags, with priority given to low- and fixed-income communities.” Customers using various income assistance programs will be exempt from the fee entirely.

The bill was quickly introduced, passed out of committee and brought for a full vote in response to the new state policy passed earlier this month. The paper bag fee, like the statewide plastic bag ban, will take effect in March 2020.

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