New bills aiming to ban plastic bags and bottles in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has just introduced a three-page bill that, if passed, would enforce a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags by 2019. The bill must pass through the New York State Assembly and the Senate before it can move forward.

Also, last week, New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. and Councilman Ben Kallos announced plans to introduce a bill that would ban the sale of disposable plastic bottles at the city’s parks, beaches, and golf courses

The proposed ban hopes to encourage more people to rely on refillable bottles, and while sales of beverages in plastic bottles would be prohibited, park visitors would still be allowed to bring in their own plastic bottles. More at Curbed.