Everyone knows the harm plastics are bringing to the world, especially to marine animals and waterways. In an effort to reduce the harm done by plastics New York state is banning single use plastic bags. This is a great step due to the sheer size of their population and will hopefully pace the way for more states to follow (California already banned them). Way to go New York!
The plan would have an additional element allowing counties to opt in to a 5-cent fee on paper bags, revenue that would go to the stateâ€™s Environmental Protection Fund as well as a separate fund to buy reusable bags for consumers.
In a statement released late Thursday afternoon, Mr. Cuomo said that â€œthese bags have blighted our environment and clogged our waterways,â€ adding that the plan agreed to in Albany would be a way to â€œprotect our natural resources for future generations of New Yorkers.â€