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In an effort to facilitate research for cities and states interested in adopting plastic bag laws, we have compiled the text of  laws, related litigation, relevant studies, and other essential materials.

Proven policy options

  • charges for single-use carryout bags (click here for detailed explanation)
  • second generation plastic bag bans (includes charge on paper & reusable)

New York City

Jennie Romer of helped found the BagItNYC Coalition, which worked with NYC Council Members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin on drafting the #BYOBag bill that was adopted by City Council on May 5, 2016. A moratorium passed by the NYC Council blocked implementation of the law.


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Click on the photo to view a slideshow of plastic bag litter in NYC.

Click here for a recent Huff Post blog explaining why a fee component is important.

Click here for Jennie Romer’s YouTube videos about plastic bag policy.

We’re also on Instagram and Twitter.

A short history of plastic bag laws in California

California state law (AB 2449) preempts municipalities from charging a fee for plastic bags at checkout. San Francisco circumvented this law by enacting a ban on plastic bags  instead of imposing a fee. (read more . . .)