Lawmakers, environmentalists push for plastic bag ban

Albany lawmakers get a handle on plastic bag ban details ironed out ahead of state budget vote

Plastic bags at grocery store checkout counter

The impact of California's ban is already being felt by the environment, and with a state as massive as NY banning the bag, the impact will give the earth a much needed reprieve.

The legislation which bans use on all single-use plastic bags will most likely be married to a 5-cent fee on paper bags.

Lawmakers have agreed to include the ban in the state budget, which is due April 1 and scheduled for a vote on Sunday.

New Yorkers use some 23 billion plastic sacks a year, Cuomo said last year.

NY is slated to become the second state in the USA to ban single-use plastic bags.

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In a statement, Cuomo called the new plan a "smart, multi-pronged action", according NBC News' Doha Madani. "For far too long, these bags have blighted our environment and clogged our waterways", he said recently, adding that the ban would "protect our natural resources for future generations". "It's something that we need to do because the pollution from plastic single-use bags has a huge impact on our environment". Manufacturing plastic bags produces a high amount of greenhouse gases, and, like many other plastic products, the standard bags are not biodegradebale. People can still get plastic carry out bags for food, get dry cleaning in plastic bags and put fruits and vegetables in plastic bags at the supermarket.

Governor Cuomo's push to improve the environmental health of NY is a laudable goal, which is shared and championed by the retail food industry.

"I think we're going to look back and wonder why this isn't something that was commonplace before now", state senator Todd Kaminsky told NBC television Thursday. "But I'm glad we're doing it now and leading the way in being one of the first states to do it". "While the best policy would be a ban on plastic bags coupled with a statewide fee on other disposable bags, this agreement represents a tremendous step forward".

Andrew Cuomo announced a plastic bag ban will be included in the 2019 Executive Budget.

The budget also will include a new tax on prescription opioids.

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