If the governor has his way, New Yorkers won’t use plastic bags anymore.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a ban on plastic bags as part of this year’s executive budget. The effort is to combat litter because plastic bags do not biodegrade. Cuomo said Sunday the ban will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with plastic bag production and disposal – from the petroleum used to produce the bags to emissions from their transportation to landfills. The governor said that reusable bags and exemptions will be applied “where appropriate.”
On Sunday, Cuomo also announced he will pursue expanding the state’s bottle bill to make most non-alcoholic drink containers eligible for 5 cent redemption. He plans to ask the Department of Environmental Conservation to study if wine and liquor bottles should be included, too.