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 Suffolk County Plastic Bag Law: B.Y.O.B “Bring Your Own Bag”

Bring Your Own Bag And Protect Our Environment

Effective January 1, 2018 Suffolk County local law requires stores to charge customers a minimum fee of 5 cents on carryout bags that are provided at retail stores.

The purpose of this law, according to the County, is to encourage consumers to use their own reusable bags for shopping and to reduce the environmental impacts associated with single use bags.

For additional information on this Suffolk County program visit: Suffolk County's Bag Law

Or view the Suffolk County "Bring Your Own Bag Keep The Earth Alive" flyer

It’s time to break the disposable bag habit and BYOB!

Flimsy, disposable plastic shopping bags are a common consumer habit in the U.S., and a growing problem across the globe. They clog storm drains and sewers, pollute our streets, parks, and beaches, and kill wildlife. Plastic bags can easily be replaced!

Plastic waste in our waterways threatens and kills fish and wildlife. Marine animals often mistake plastic bags for food sources, such as jellyfish. Once eaten, the bags cannot be digested, often resulting in starvation. Almost three hundred different species are adversely affected by plastic bag pollution!

Countless whales, birds, fish and turtles are killed by plastic bags every year. Since plastic is not biodegradable, once an animal dies from consuming plastic bags, the plastic re-enters the environment, only to continue this cycle of devastation.

  • Americans throw away over 100 billion single use plastic shopping bags every year, that’s over 300 bags per person!
  • The average plastic bag is used for about 12 minutes and then thrown away.
  • Between 500 billion and 1 trillion bags are consumed worldwide each year.
  • It is estimated that over 200,000 bags are land filled every hour, and once they enter the environment, they can take over 1,000 years to break down.

Solution to Plastic Bag Pollution

Each reusable bag can prevent 1,000 plastic bags from entering our environment!