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


This rule adds a new 6 NYCRR Part 351 Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling to set forth the requirements of Titles 27 and 28 of Article 27 of the Environmental Conservation Law with respect to the prohibition on plastic carryout bags; the allowable reusable bags; and the recycling of plastic carryout bags and film plastic by stores. The regulations also address the related requirements for manufacturers.

The regulations became effective on March 14, 2020, and are available below:

  • 6 NYCRR Part 351 Express Terms (PDF)

    Note: Pursuant to a court decision issued on August 20, 2020, certain portions of the regulations that authorize an additional exemption to the plastic carryout bag distribution ban of ECL §27-2803(1) for reusable bags made of non-film plastic have been declared invalid and will not be enforced: 6 NYCRR §351-1.2(f)(11) and §351-1.2 (n) (1)(ii) and (4).

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