NYC grocery bag fee proposed
City residents use 5.2 billion disposable plastic bags a year and it costs the city $10 million annually to ship used bags Nike Shoes to landfills, according to the bills’ supporters.
The measure is expected to be voted upon within the next few weeks. If it passes, New York will join such cities as Los Angeles, San Fra Nike Shoes ncisco, Seattle and Washington to try to curb the use of plastic bags.
“Plastic bags are not central to our life happiness or health but make an enormous impact on our world,” said Lilly Belanger of the environmental advocacy group the No Impact Project. “With this simple step, we can be a model for rest of country.”
As if to underscore their words, a plastic bag then blew above the news conference, drawing jeers from the crowd.
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Though grocery stores supply the vast majority of the disposable bags used across the city, the fee would also apply to bags sold at other retail stores. It would not apply to restaurant deliveries or most street food carts. The fee would also not be charged to shoppers who use public assistance programs to buy food.
Councilman Brad Lander said the fee also applied to paper bags not because the bill was intended as a method to raising revenue, but as an incentive for customers to opt for reusable bags.
“Plastic is worse than paper, but it’s best is if people bring their own bags,” said Lander.
Some business owners have complained that the fee could keep shoppers away. A similar measure was introduced last summer but failed to gather the necessary support and therefore had to be re introduced in front of the new council, which took office in January. Nineteen councilmembers are co sponsoring the new bill, seven short of the votes needed to pass it.