New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently introduced a bill that would ban single use plastic bags. The ban would include carry out plastic bags used at the point of sale. The ban would not include garment bags or trash bags. The plan would go into effect January 1, 2019.
The New York State Plastic Bags Task Force found that New York residents use 23 billion plastic bags every year. According to the panel, many of these bags end up in landfills, oceans, and other waterways. More than a dozen local communities in the Empire State have already banned plastic bags.
The bill faces an uncertain future in the New York State Assembly where Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) told The Daily News that the ban is unlikely to pass. So, it will be interesting to see what the fate of the bill will be. Ban or not to ban? We should find out soon.