Governor Cuomo wants to ban single-use plastic bags

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On Tuesday, Cuomo abruptly decided that he wants to ban all plastic bags in NY state.

Cuomo announced the legislation Monday, saying the plastic bags are taking a "devastating" toll on the environment.

"As the old proverb goes: 'We did not inherit the earth, we are merely borrowing it from our children, ' and with this action we are helping to leave a stronger, cleaner and greener NY for all", Cuomo added.

"Banning fracking in NY state is a good first step", she said.

"Bans tried elsewhere have made it harder for families to pay for groceries while also incentivizing shoppers to use bags that are worse for the environment than 100 percent recyclable, highly reused plastic retail bags", Seaholm said.

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According to the Governor's office, the bill arrives on the heels of the New York State Plastic Bags Task Forces' January report, which detailed the environmental impact of such bags. "They're bad for the environment, they're bad for the economy, they're bad for NY". "At a time when Donald Trump has pulled out of the Paris accords, we can lead not only for our own state, but we can show the nation how to lead in renewable energy". For example: California has a ban on single-use carryout bags.

The Department of Environmental Conservation would have jurisdiction over the bags. One municipality has a plastic bag ban with a fee on single-use paper bags and bags that qualify as reusable, including 2.25 mil flexible plastic bags. The decision comes more than a year after he signed a bill canceling a New York City law that would have implemented a 5-cent surcharge on disposable shopping bags, a municipal measure he called "deeply flawed". These bags do not biodegrade and they persist for years.

"There certainly seems to be, in the last month, a number of issues on which Governor Cuomo has reversed himself rather startlingly", she said. From Buffalo to the Adirondack Park, and from the Catskills to the Long Island Sound, plastic bag waste is degrading our natural resources and forcing municipalities to spend precious resources to address it.

The governor's proposed ban is a stark change from his past views on restricting plastic bag usage.