Another shopper agrees that the ban is a step in the right direction. The law prohibits stores from handing out most single use plastic bags. At the Weis in Vestal, management said customers were mostly ready for the change and the store has stocked up on their own reusable bags available for purchase. “Everything here is made out of plastic, every container is plastic, everything is in plastic so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but I guess taking it a little bit at a time is fine with me,” said Matt Butler of Vestal. 12 News spoke with several customers to get their perspective on the change. “It’s an ongoing thing. It’s not going to go away if we don’t do something about it, so I guess it’s the right thing to do,” said Bob Gavin of Binghamton. VESTAL (WBNG) — After months of preparation, New York State’s plastic bag ban went into effect on Sunday. The DEC has announced that it will wait until April 1 to begin enforcing the ban. Retailers could face a $250 fine for a first violation, and $500 for any succeeding violations.