Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Get Ready to Pay for Paper Bags in NY

New York to ban single-use plastic bags New York to ban single-use plastic bags
Sandy Nunez | 30 March, 2019, 19:07

The legislation which bans use on all single-use plastic bags will most likely be married to a 5-cent fee on paper bags.

In a statement, Cuomo called the new plan a "smart, multi-pronged action", according NBC News' Doha Madani. Hawaii has a "de-facto statewide ban" on plastic bags, as all of its major counties prohibit their use in stores.

California placed a statewide ban on plastic bags in 2016.

When would the ban take effect?

The agreement will also allow counties and local governments the option to charge a 5-cent fee on paper bags.

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Supporters say the ban would help protect the ecosystem.

"Plastic bags pollute our waterways and streets, and both plastic and paper bags contribute to the solid waste crisis and cost taxpayers money", he said.

Lawmakers have until Sunday to come together on a final budget for the new fiscal year which begins Monday, April 1 and a state-wide ban on the bags is pretty much a done deal.

With a deal in place to ban plastic shopping bags in NY, here's what you need to know about your future trips to the grocery store.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been attempting to pass the measure since he first brought it up during last year's budget battle. In fact, a recent survey of our members found that approximately 16,773 tons of co-mingled plastic bags have been recycled by retail food stores. "And that if people go to paper rather than reusables, we are not that better off". Paper bags are biodegradable, but several studies including one from the United Kingdom's Environmental Agency, have pointed out they still require significant amounts of water to produce and generate greenhouse gases when manufactured. A plastic bag ban will simply increase the financial duress for New York's grocery store industry without achieving the goal of improving the environment.