It’s been in the works for ages now but it looks as if New York State will be making the move to ban single-use plastic bags for good.
New York keeps getting greener; first styrofoam containers and now, New York legislators are moving to ban plastic bags. According to The Hill, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a statewide plastic bag ban will form a part of his 2019 executive budget. In a statement put out by Cuomo’s office, they said that plastic bag usage accounts for “massive amounts of litter in neighborhoods and waterways and poses a threat to the health of New Yorkers and the environment.”
This has been proven time and time again. A study that came out last year discovered that New Yorkers use more than 23 billion plastic bags each year which end up in waterways and landfills. In 2018, Governor Cuomo and other State lawmakers proposed legislation banning the use of single-use plastic bags but it was unable to get approval.
“While the federal government is taking our environmental progress backwards and selling out our communities to polluters and oil companies, in New York we are moving forward with the nation’s strongest environmental policies and doing everything in our power to protect our natural resources for future generations. These bold actions to ban plastic bags and promote recycling will reduce litter in our communities, protect our water and create a cleaner and greener New York for all,” said the Governor on Sunday.
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