The environmental advocates have projected that people in New York use about 23 billion plastic bags annually, as stated by The Associated Press.
New York State lawmakers have decided to implement a statewide prohibition on single-use plastic bags from retail sales as a way to stop the source of waste.
This idea was introduced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, making it the second statewide ban after California, which had plastic bags banned back in 2016.
As of right now, Hawaii also has a potent ban in place for plastic. New York’s ban on plastic is projected to start next March. Stores in New York will be required to stop giving non-biodegradable single-use plastic bags to their customers. These plastic bags have devastating consequences for the environment and wildlife.
State’s budget bills will cover this ban and it will include exceptions, such as bags used to wrap meat counter products or deli, food takeout bags from restaurants, bags for bulk items, newspaper bags, garment bags, and bags sold in bulk.
The additional element that it contains is that it will allow counties to opt to a 5-cent fee on paper bags. This revenue will be sent to the Environmental Protection Fund, as well as the fund to purchase consumer reusable bags.
Mr. Cuomo expressed himself that the plastic bags have left a big mark on the environment, clogging up the waterways. The plan agreed to in Albany will help the natural resources for the future of the state.
Sen. Todd Kaminsky believes that in time we will look back at this and think why this wasn’t done before throughout the entire country. However, he is glad that New York took the initiative to start the ban and become one of the first states to do so.
A number of states have also taken the beginning steps to ban plastic products of late. Hawaiian lawmakers projected a pair of bills that will make strict laws to stop plastic in the restaurant industry. Maryland also has a proposal that would ban polystyrene food containers, which will make it one of the first in the nation to do so.