Ulster County in the US passes ‘Bring Your Own Bag Act’, banning single-use plastic bags

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein signed a bill that bans single-use plastic bags from retail shops. The bill known as Bring Your Own Bag Act will come into of effect in mid-2019, barring most retailers from using plastic bags for customers' purchases. It also requires stores to charge 5 cents for each recyclable paper bag, on those who do not bring their own bag. Violations can face fines ranging from 100 USD for a first offence, to up to 500 USD for a third offence.

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