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FAQs About the New Suffolk County Local Law to Reduce the Use of Carryout Bags in Retail Sales

FAQs About The New Suffolk County Local Law to Reduce the Use of Carryout Bags

  1. When does the law go into effect?  The law goes into effect January 1, 2018.
  2. What happens to the bag fees that are collected? All fees collected under this law shall be retained by the store.
  3. What is the goal of the law? The goal of the law is to encourage consumers to use their own reusable bags for shopping and to reduce the environmental impacts associated with single-use bags.
  4. Which stores are covered under this law? Drug Stores ● Grocery stores ● Home centers ● Stationary stores ● Supermarkets ●  Office supply stores ● Convenience stores ●  Apparel stores ● Hardware stores ● Food marts
  5. Which stores are not covered under this law? Food service establishments, such as restaurants located outside of grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores or food marts.
  6. Which bags require a 5-cent fee? All bags provided to customers at the point of sale used to carry goods out of the store. This includes plastic and paper bags.
  7. Which bags do not require a 5-cent fee? A bag without handles used to carry produce, meats, poultry, fish, dairy, dry goods, and any other non-prepackaged food items to the point of sale; a bag to carry pharmacy prescriptions; or a garment bag.

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