The ban has been in the works since January of 2019. “The cost of the reusable bag is more,” he said “Then we pass it on to the consumer to try to recoup that cost.” “There’s nothing wrong with buying your own bags the cost is very reasonable I think it’s a good thing,” she said. “The plastic bag ban it’s probably a good idea in the long term in the short term it’s a burden to the retailer and the consumer,” said Jim Douglas, owner of Save-a-Lot in Johnson City. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — With New York State’s single use plastic bag ban scheduled to go into effect on March 1st local stores are gearing up for the change. Some customers like Debbie Purtell of Johnson City say they don’t mind the extra cost. There are some exceptions to the ban including bags used for takeout food. Douglas Matruski owner of Pizza on the Plaza in Johnson City says he supports the ban expanding into takeout territory. “Styrofoam is the big issue,” he said “There’s a lot of Styrofoam that comes out of here and that’s something that has to be addressed.” Douglas says he is concerned that the cost of the bags will be passed on to his customers.