Statement from the Manufacturers and Recyclers of Plastic Retail Bags regarding New York Budget Provisions on Carryout Bags

March 29, 2019 – The following is a statement from Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance:

“The New York State budget provision that bans and taxes carryout bags not only misses the mark on sustainability by forcing consumers to use bags that are worse for the environment, it imposes a massive new cost on anyone doing retail business in the state of New York.

“It is clear that this provision was hammered out behind closed doors in a last-ditch effort for a press release. There are significant problems with the language that will need to be addressed by follow up legislation. It is safe to say this is not a done deal. We look forward to working with members of the Assembly and Senate who want to find the best solution for the State of New York.”