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Proposed Part 351, Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling

Written public comments will be accepted through Monday, February 3, 2020.

DEC is proposing a new 6 NYCRR Part 351 Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling. The proposed rule sets forth the requirements of Titles 27 and 28 of Article 27 of the Environmental Conservation Law with respect to:

  • The prohibition on the distribution of film plastic bags;
  • Allowable reusable bags;
  • The recycling of film plastic by stores; and
  • Related requirements for manufacturers

The proposed Part 351 regulations will provide necessary clarity to regulated entities and consumers and ensure Titles 27 and 28 of Article 27 of the Environmental Conservation Law will be carried out in a coordinated and consistent manner with respect to plastic bag reduction and film plastic recycling.

Hearing Information

A public hearing for the proposed rule will be held as follows at a location that is reasonably accessible to persons with impaired mobility:
Date: 01/27/2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Public Assembly Room 129A/B, Albany, NY 12233

NYS DEC will provide interpreter services for deaf persons, at no charge, upon written request at least five business days prior to the date of the hearing. Written requests for interpreter services are required and should be submitted by Friday, January 17, 2020. Please address requests to Kayla Montanye, NYS DEC, Division of Materials Management, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7253.

It is requested that oral statements also be submitted in writing. NYS DEC will give equal weight to written and oral statements.

Proposed Regulations

The regulations were proposed for adoption on November 27, 2019 and are available below:

Other Rulemaking Documents

Document Repository

The documents may also be inspected at NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233. Please call Kayla Montanye for an appointment at (518) 402-8706.

Submit Written Comments

If possible, please use the Proposed Part 351 Comment Submission Form (91kb pdf) to submit your comments. Please note that use of this form is not required.

The comment period will close on Monday, February 3, 2020.

Email: To and please write "Comments on Proposed Part 351" in the subject line of the email;
Kayla Montanye
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7253


Please contact Kayla Montanye at or (518) 402-8706, if you have any questions.

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