Bill announced today would put 10-cent charge on plastic or paper carryout bags provided at grocery and retail stores
New York City pays an estimated $10 million to dispose of 100,000 tons of plastic bags in landfills each year
Today, City Council Members, New York environmental advocates, and local retailers announced new legislation to dramatically reduce plastic bag use. Similar laws in other cities reduced plastic bag use by as much as 90%.
The legislation, introduced by Council Members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin, would require retail and grocery stores to charge at least 10 cents for plastic bags, to make the cost of single-use bags clear to the consumer. The same charge would be placed on paper bags, to ensure an overall reduction in total bags used, regardless of type. The proposed charge would not be a tax – it would be retained by the store to cover the cost of providing bags. Customers who bring their own bags would not be charged.
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To view an outline of the bill and answers to frequently asked questions click here (PDF).
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