New York to ban plastic bags; municipalities can charge 5 cents for paper

STATEN ISLAND – Starting next March, state stores will be banned from giving shoppers most single-use plastic bags, as part of the $ 175.5 billion state budget passed on Sunday .

With the ban, New York will join California and Hawaii, where similar bans on plastic bags are in effect.

The ban will come into effect on March 1, 2020 and will apply to most single-use plastic bags distributed in grocery stores and other stores.

As part of the ban, counties and cities will be able to opt for a tax of 5 cents on paper bags, 2 cents going to local governments and 3 cents going to the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.

DE BLASIO SUPPORTS THE COST OF PAPER BAGS

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently said he would support the imposition of fees on paper bags and support the ban on plastic bags.

When asked recently on “The Brian Lehrer Show” on Friday if he would support the 5-cent fee, de Blasio replied that he would, but still thinks that in the end the city should too. move away from paper bags.

“We need the ability to make this decision ourselves. Every time Albany helps us and recognizes that we are 43% of the state’s population and the economic engine of the state and allows us to determine what works for us, it’s a good day, ”said by Blasio. “So yes, this is a decision we have to make. I think we also need to move away from paper bags. “

(Related press material has been used in this report.)

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