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File #: Int 1223-2016    Version: * Name: Reducing the use of carryout bags.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
On agenda: 6/21/2016
Enactment date: 6/28/2016 Law number: 2016/081
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to reducing the use of carryout bags
Sponsors: Brad S. Lander, Margaret S. Chin, Antonio Reynoso, The Public Advocate (Ms. James), Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Summary: The bill would extend the effective date of Local Law 63, which imposes impose a minimum fee of five cents for plastic or paper bags at retail, convenience, and grocery stores, with limited exceptions.
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1223, 3. Committee Report 6/20/16, 4. Hearing Transcript 6/20/16, 5. June 21, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 6. Int. No. 1223 (FINAL), 7. Fiscal Impact Statement, 8. Mayor's Letter, 9. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-21-16, 10. Minutes of the Recessed Meeting of June 14, 2016 held on June 21, 2016, 11. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 21, 2016, 12. Local Law 81
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Int. No. 1223

 

By Council Members Lander, Chin, Reynoso, the Public Advocate (Ms. James) and Kallos

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to reducing the use of carryout bags

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Subdivision e of section 16-492 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 63 for the year 2016, is amended to read as follows:  

e. Covered stores may provide their customers with reusable carryout bags free of charge [for a two-week period] from [October 1, 2016] February 15, 2017, to [October 14, 2016] April 30, 2017.  In addition, covered stores may provide their customers with reusable carryout bags free of charge for a two-week period each year from April 17 to April 30.

§ 2.  Subdivision e of section 16-495 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 63 for the year 2016, is amended to read as follows:

e. On or before [January 1] March 1, 2019, the commissioner shall issue a study on the effect of the law on residents, which shall include, but need not be limited to, determining the percentage reduction in single-use plastic or paper carryout bags usage by residents; residents’ attitudes toward the law, disaggregated by race and income; and whether residents are substituting other types of plastic bags for single-use carryout bags.  The commissioner shall also include an assessment on the potential effectiveness of coupling a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags with the carryout bag fee in reducing the amount of carryout bags in the waste stream.

§ 3.  Subdivision c of section 16-496 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 63 for the year 2016, is amended to read as follows:

c. Any covered store that violates section 16-491 or subdivision b, c or d of section 16-492 or any rules promulgated pursuant thereto shall be liable for a civil penalty of $250 for a first violation and $500 for any subsequent violation of the same section or subdivision of this chapter or rule promulgated pursuant thereto within an eighteen-month period, except that the department and the department of consumer affairs shall not issue a notice of violation, but shall issue a warning for any violation that occurs during the six-month period from [October 1, 2016] February 15, 2017, to [March 31] August 14, 2017.  For purposes of this chapter, each commercial transaction shall constitute no more than one violation.

§ 4. Section 2 of local law number 63 for the year 2016 is amended to read as follows: 

§ 2. This local law takes effect [October 1, 2016] February 15, 2017, except that section 16-495 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by section one of this local law, takes effect immediately, and except that the commissioner of sanitation and the commissioner of consumer affairs may take such measures as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such effective date.  

§ 5. This local law takes effect on February 15, 2017, except for section four which takes effect immediately. 

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