New York mandates plastic bag recycling

The New York City Council passed the “New York City Plastic Carryout Bag Recycling Law,” requiring any store in New York City that uses plastic bags and occupies 5,000 or more square feet, to establish an in-store recycling program.

The legislation, which the City Council developed in close cooperation with environmental groups, retailers and bag manufacturers, makes it easy for New Yorkers to recycle bags.

New York is the first major United States city to mandate in-store recycling.