Monday, January 14, 2019



Statewide ban on single-use plastic bags proposed

ALBANY – A ban on single-use plastic bags is going to be included in the governor’s proposed state budget that he will unveil this week.

The announcement on Sunday was lauded by environmental group Riverkeeper.

Jeremy Cherson, Riverkeeper’s legislative advocacy manager, said the ban would be a step in the right direction, but they are concerned that would lead to a switch to paper bags, which come with their own environmental issues.

“In the experience of the City of Chicago, they went with a plastic bag ban only a few years ago and had to repeal that law and switch it to a fee because of the environmental effects of the switch to paper bags,” Cherson said.

The governor also announced an extension of the state’s bottle bill to make most non-alcoholic drink containers eligible for the state’s five-cent redemption.

Riverkeeper was joined in support of both issues by Citizens Campaign for the Environment and the Natural Resources Defense Council.


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