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 (excellent) coalition partners!

League of Women Voters of the City of New York

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BK Greens

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Bronx River Alliance

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Brooklyn Food Coalition

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment

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Citizens Committee for New York City

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

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Einstein Environment Sustainability & Conservation Club
at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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The 5 Gyres Institute

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Food & Water Watch

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Green Schools Alliance

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The Hewitt School Earth Committee

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Human Impacts Institute

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LES Ecology Center

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National Resources Defense Council

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New York City Audubon

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NY League of Conservation Voters

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No Impact Project

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PlasticBagLaws.org

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The Plastic Bag Mandala/What Moves You

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Sane Energy Project

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Surfrider Foundation NYC

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Sustainable Flatbush

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United for Action

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