Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, is considering a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in New York. The move would be a great step towards cutting down the amount of plastic produced, used, and thrown away in the state – but the ban still needs to overcome some resistance to become law.
“It’s clear that we need to address the real environmental concerns caused by the proliferation of plastic bags, and a ban is one of the options we’re reviewing,” said Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi.
There are no details as to when the ban would be introduced, but Cuomo’s openness to the idea is a great sign and will hopefully bring about the needed change sooner rather than later.
It may seem like banning plastic bags would be a no-brainer for the progressive state, but the project has already been met with significant resistance, NY Daily News reports. According to state lawmakers, it is “unlikely” that a statewide ban would be approved. As advocates for the ban point out, the Governor’s support is key for the issue to overcome resistance in the state Legislature.
“The state is behind the curve here, it’s time to put our planet first,” said Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City. Speaking on NY1, he stated he wants to “abolish them” plastic bags.
“It doesn’t make sense anymore in our society to have plastic bags,” de Blasio said. “We’re examining the options of what could be done through city legislation, and what needs to be done through state legislation. We need to resolve that.”
Due to their significant environmental risk, single-use plastic bags have already been banned in many cities and major retail companies. It is not only more environmentally-friendly but also cheaper in the long run for stores to encourage people to bring their own reusable bags. The wave is turning against plastic, the question is if New York will be taken along with it.
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