Update: Single-use plastic bags to be banned in New York

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New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags from retail sales. New York’s ban, which will begin in March 2020, forbids stores to provide customers with single-use plastic bags that are not biodegradable. The plan has an additional element allowing counties to opt into a 5 cent USD fee on paper bags, revenue that would go to the state’s Environmental Protection Fund to buy reusable bags for consumers.