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 finally moving to ban plastic bags. As of Thursday, March 28, it’s been reported that the ban is slated to be passed by Monday, which would officially make New York the third state to have a ban on single-use plastic (which is certainly not biodegradable).
Under this ban, there will also be a five cent fee for paper bags in certain areas, with the revenue from those fees going to New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this year that a statewide plastic bag ban would form a part of his 2019 executive budget. In a statement put out by Cuomo on Thursday, he said: “For far too long these bags have blighted our environment and clogged our waterways and that’s why I proposed a ban in this year’s budget.”
The harm of single-use plastic bags 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 that 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 at the time.
“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 in January 2019.
It seems that now other NY lawmakers agree.
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