See: plastic bag recycling info for residents and takeback info for businesses: plastic bags on this site and ny state plastic bag reduction at NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation.
UPDATE: This Law supersedes NYC Plastic Carryout Bag Recycling Law. The NY State Legislature is expected to amend the state law to incorporate some of the elements of NYC's law. Until such amendment occurs, the NYC law is no longer in effect, and retail establishments are bound by the state law.
Law: Laws of NY State (Search for Environmental Conservation Law (ENV), Article 27, Title 27: Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling)
Summary: The NY State Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling Act, originally enacted as Chapter 641 of the Laws of 2008 requires large retail stores and shopping malls, as well as medium to large chain stores that sell products and provide plastic carryout bags to accept clean plastic bags for recycling, and to stock reusable bags for purchase, starting January 2009.
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