On October 19, 2020, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) will begin enforcing the state’s ban on single-use carryout plastic bags.  Enforcement was delayed from earlier this year due to a legal challenge, which has since been resolved.  Those persons found to be in violation of the ban face a range of consequences from a simple warning for a first offence and civil penalties thereafter.  Grocery stores, retailers and other establishments in New York that may be the target of enforcement will want to carefully review the provisions of this ban and their obligations going forward.

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