The New York City Bag Ban | What It Means To You
Updated: Mar 4, 2020
Hey, It’s Phil from Three Guys from Brooklyn. I want to personally address misinformation, or at the very least, provide clarity about the NYC Bag Ban and what Three Guys is doing.
The ban will go into effect on March 1st, 2020 and, despite what the city says, will have a huge impact on small businesses who are fighting to be successful in a city with more and more empty storefronts and fewer mom-and-pop neighborhood businesses. Three Guys have always been transparent with our customers. While we support a living wage and are environmentally friendly, we can't help but address recent laws that have made it increasingly more difficult for family-owned businesses like ours to operate under regulations that overlook the cost to the employer and inevitably affect the consumer. There are three main challenges with the NYC Bag Ban.
First, let’s start with the cost to our bottom line. There are those that think that employers will benefit or be unaffected by selling reusable and/or paper bags. That is just not the case for Three Guys. The NYC Bag Ban is devastating to our business. Plastic bags cost us about 1-2 cents each. Paper bags cost 16-18 cents. In addition to that, the city will take 5 cents as a tax. Three Guys go through roughly