Suffolk County's Bring Your Own Bag Law Is in Effect

Make it your New Year's resolution to save the environment and save money by switching to reusable bags when shopping!

Suffolk County's law to curb bag pollution went into effect on January 1, 2018. This law places a 5-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags—a fee that can be avoided by bringing your own reusable bags to the store. Suffolk is the first county in the state to implement a BYOBag policy and is a national leader in the fight to reduce disposable bag pollution. Shoppers are already making the switch to reusable bags. We need your continued help to make the law a success.

A survey conducted by high school students throughout the county in 2017 found that only 5% of shoppers were using reusable bags. We have a lot of room for improvement! By placing a small fee on single-use bags, we expect to see a big increase in reusable bag use, as well as less plastic pollution on our beaches and roadways and in our communities.

Creating this lasting change in consumer behavior may be momentarily inconvenient, but the benefits will last for generations. So, if you haven't already, make it your resolution to remember a reusable bag and help prevent plastic pollution. We're counting on you! The answer to plastic bag pollution is in your hands.

Thank you for your support. Together we make a difference!


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