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Department of Taxation and Finance

Paper carryout bag reduction fee

DEC began enforcement of the state’s ban on single-use plastic carryout bags on October 19, 2020.

As of October 19, 2020, any person required to collect tax must not distribute any plastic carryout bags to its customers unless such bags are exempt bags as provided for in the Bag Waste Reduction Law. Additional information is available at Bag Waste Reduction Law: Information for Manufacturers and Retailers. For assistance with compliance requirements email


As of October 19, 2020, all retailers and entities that collect sales tax will be prohibited from distributing plastic carryout bags to customers, with limited exceptions.