Bad news for all those plastic bag lovers as a state-wide law banning single-use plastic bags across New York will come into effect on Sunday, 1st March, 2020.

Under these new rules, retailers aren’t allowed to offer customers plastic bags and can charge five cents for paper bags. Three cents of the charge will go to the state’s Environmental Protection Fund. Two cents will be given to the local government.

There are a few exemptions including use for prescription drugs, delivered newspapers, dry cleaning, and restaurant takeaways. Which does seem a little crazy as the amount of plastic used for takeaways is pretty nuts. But at least it’s a start.

According to, roughly one trillion single-use plastic bags are used every year around the globe. That’s nearly 2 million every minute.

Maybe this new rule brings a whole new meaning to the infamous American Beauty floaty plastic bag scene. So remember to take a bag with you when you’re shopping in NYC.