State Plastic Bag Task Force report could cost you

January 13, 2018 11:51 PM

New York State’s Plastic Bag Task force offered eight solutions to reduce plastic bag waste in a report released Saturday.

The report follows discussions, input from the State Department of Environmental, and input from advocates as well as New Yorkers.

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The Task Force considered options used across the country and across the world to limit waste from plastic bags.
The options to address plastic bag waste in the report are:

  • Increasing education and enforcement under current laws
  • Require manufacturers to fund and implement a program for the collection and recycling of single-use plastic bags.
  • Fee on Single-Use Plastic Bags
  • Fee per Transaction for Single-Use Bags
  • Fee on Single-Use Plastic and Paper Bags
  • Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags
  • Implement a ban on plastic bags with a fee on the allowable alternatives.
  • Continue Existing Policies

The report also recommends the distribution of reusable bags to low-income neighborhoods.

Across New York, residents use 23 billion non-biodegradable plastic bags every year.

“As states across the nation and world struggle with the environmental and financial costs of plastic bag waste, New York is developing a comprehensive solution,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

Not everyone is happy with the recommendations, including the head of the New York League of Conservation Voters

“I have consistently maintained there are only two acceptable recommendations: a fee on both plastic and paper bags or a hybrid model that bans plastic bags and institutes a fee on paper,” said Marcia Bystryn, who heads the environmental group.

You can find the full report here.


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