ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation banning single-use plastic bags on Monday.
The governor’s office says the law will reduce litter, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and protect the environment.
The ban will take effect in March 2020.
It’s estimated that New Yorkers use 23 million plastic bags annually.
New York joins California and Hawaii as the only states where single-use plastic bags are banned.