Bag It NYC coalition mission statement:

Our coalition of non-profits and community organizations is united in seeking to eliminate the needless waste and pollution that single-use carryout bags create. To do so, we support legislation proven effective elsewhere: legislation that includes a fee on ALL carryout bags (plastic, paper, thicker plastic that qualify as reusable, compostable) or a ban on thin plastic bags with a fee on all other carryout bags.

Background on plastic bag laws in NYC:

On May 5, 2016, the New York City Council adopted the #BYOBag law, which requires that all retailers in NYC charge a 5-cent minimum fee for each carryout bag provided at check-out. Due to preemption legislation introduced by state legislators later that month and a resulting compromise, implementation of the law was delayed from October 1, 2016 until February 15, 2017. In January 2017, companion preemption bills were reintroduced in Albany: Senate Bill 362 and Assembly Bill 1750.

New York State Senate (S. 4158) & Assembly (A. 4883) voted in February 2017 to nullify NYC's #BYOBag law and on February 14, 2017 Governor Cuomo signed the moratorium bill into law. Under the moratorium, the NYC City Council cannot move forward with a new bill involving fees until January 1, 2018 and such a bill would not be able to be implemented until 270 days after adoption.

Go to BagItNYC's Facebook page for action alerts including step-by-step instructions on how to call your state legislators! Also sign this change.org petition and visit Council Member Brad Lander's website for extensive background on NYC's #BYOBag law.

Below is a list of our coalition partners!




All Our Energy

Artichoke Dance Company

Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board

Cafeteria Culture

Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Citizens Committee for New York City

Cleanup North Brooklyn

Common Ground Compost

Food & Water Watch

Green Education and Legal Fund

Green Party of Brooklyn

League of Women Voters of the City of New York

LES Ecology Center

Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board

National Parks Conservation Association, Northeast Regional Office

National Wildlife Federation NYC Eco-Schools

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG)

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI)

New York League of Conservation Voters

Newtown Creek Alliance

NY/NJ Baykeeper

NYC Friends of Clearwater

Plastic Pollution Coalition



Seventh Generation Advisors

Surfrider Foundation, NYC Chapter

The 5 Gyres Institute

The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education (COARE)

The Hewitt School Earth Committee

The Plastic Bag Mandala

United for Action

Waterfront Alliance

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

West 80s Neighborhood Association


(updated March 2018)