senate Bill S544

Requires retail businesses to restrict the use of non-compostable plastic bags

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION

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Bill Details

Versions:
S544
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S544

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring
retail businesses to restrict the use of non-compostable plastic bags


PURPOSE :
Requires retail businesses to restrict the use of non-compostable
plastic bags.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1: Amends the general business law by adding new section
398-e. Section 398-e provides that all retail business will restrict
the use of noncompostable plastic bags by 50% by 2012 and by 2014 all
non-compostable plastic bags will be banned. Section 398-e also
provides that by January 1, 2015 retail stores can use recyclable
paper bags, compostable bags and/or reusable bags as checkout bags.
Section 399-e also provides definitions. Section 2: Effective Date.

EXISTING LAW :
None.

JUSTIFICATION :
Americans use about 30 billion plastic bags per year. In the United
States about 80% of plastic bags end up in landfills. The rest end up
as litter. It is a common occurrence to find plastic bags on the side
of the road or in the branches of trees. Plastic bags are among the 12
items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups. In addition,
plastic bags are not regularly recycled. In fact, only 0.6% of plastic
bags are recycled in the United States. Furthermore, plastic bags are
made from oil which is a nonrenewable resource. The environmental
impact of plastic bags is a reason to seek eco-friendly alternatives.
It is time for New York to begin to phase out the use of plastic bags
in favor of alternatives that are compostable or reusable.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008 -Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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