Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Plastic bag ban comes close to reality in NY

Albany lawmakers get a handle on plastic bag ban details ironed out ahead of state budget vote Plastic bags at grocery store checkout counter
Cary Marshall | 31 March, 2019, 22:09

The ban would prohibit grocery stores from providing plastic bags for most purchases - something California has been doing since 2016.

They are calling for the ban to be included in the final state budget, which is technically due on Sunday, March 31.

The state budget also includes two other dedicated revenue sources for the subways: a "mansion tax" on Manhattan homes that sell for $25 million or higher, and an internet sales tax levied on retailers who sell merchandise online.

There are a number of exceptions, the D&C said.

The Times says the plan will have a few exemptions, however, such as restaurant food takeout bags and wraps for supermarket deli or meat products.

Some might decide to charge the fee to cut down on waste from those bags as well.

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"Production of the bags means cutting down trees, and there's a carbon impact", said Moran, who also noted that the transport of the "bulky" bags uses fuel, and paper itself requires lots of water to manufacture.

Local governments would keep 2 cents from the fee, while 3 cents would go to the New York Environmental Protection Fund.

According to the Governor's Office, New Yorkers use billions of plastic bags annually, which do not biodegrade, creating massive amounts of litter in neighborhoods and waterways and posing a threat to the health of New Yorkers and the environment.

Read the full report at the New York Times. New York's retail food industry is reeling with significant increases in labor costs and numerous business mandates. "Independent businesses are simply not able to absorb and adjust to new mandated costs the same as their big-box competitors".

"I think we're going to look back and wonder why this isn't something that was commonplace before now", state senator Todd Kaminsky told NBC television Thursday. The potential revenues are tempting, but leading lawmakers like Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes say that communities of color need to get a share of the benefits to mitigate the past harms of prohibition.

NY will also be one of the first states to impose a ban on single use plastic bags in grocery stores and other retail outlets, start next March.

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