New attempt to ban plastic bags in New York
Three Democratic state legislators want to take action this year to address plastic bag pollution in New York. The bill would ban plastic carryout bags, and impose a minimum 10-cent fee on paper and reusable bags.
The task force was formed last year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation blocking the implementation of a new law in New York City that would've charged consumers a 5-cent fee for single-use plastic bags.
The topic is urgent: the state Department of Environmental Conservation said that New Yorkers use 23 billion plastic bags each year. More at auburnpub.