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New York State lawmakers stand with Cuomo on banning single-use plastic bags from retail sales

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to ban single-use plastic bags from retail sales has gained substantial ground, as New York State lawmakers have agreed with the measures. According to this NYTimes article, New York follows California, as the second state to impose such a significant statewide mandate. This sort of environmental measure needed to come from the top, because it was never going to gain any traction with the retailers, or with consumers that continue to gobble up the single use plastic bags without a care in the world.

Cuomo initially announced his plans for the ban this past January. Then, earlier this week, local leaders voiced their support of the ban, which includes allowing counties to opt in for a five-cent fee to be charged for the use of individual paper bags. The funds derived from the fee would be allocated to the Environmental Protection Fund. The funds would be used for:

  • Education for decreasing plastic pollution
  • Distributing reusable bags to low or fixed-income communities
  • Cleanup of roads, shorelines, and waterways

NYTimes posted that the ban is part of the state’s budget bills that are slated to be passed by Monday.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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