NY to become the next state to ban plastic bags

New York to ban single-use plastic bags

Most single-use plastic bags provided by supermarkets and other stores will be banned statewide starting 1 March 2020.

New York City residents offered mixed reactions to the news as they prepared for drastic changes to how they shop.

Under the new legislation, NY counties would be able to levy a five-cent tax on paper bags, with part of the resulting revenue going to an environmental-protection fund.

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. Hawaii has local laws in place that prohibit plastic bags throughout the state.

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NY is only the second state to ban single-use plastic bags, following in the footsteps of California, which imposed its plastic bag ban in 2014.

Additionally, the ban would be combined with another component, a five-cent fee on paper bags.

Supporters say the ban would help protect the ecosystem.

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"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. 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. New York's retail food industry is reeling with significant increases in labor costs and numerous business mandates.

That said, a plastic bag ban will not promote the utilization of reusable bags and will in fact increase the use of paper bags. Cuomo said Friday that lawmakers need more time to work out the details to regulation.

"New York had a chance to show real leadership and came up short", Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of NY, tells McKinley.

For the full story, follow on over to The New York Times.

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