DEVELOPING: New York to Become Second State in the US to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

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New York State is poised to follow California and become the second state in the country to completely ban single-use plastic bags, with lawmakers in Albany agreeing Thursday on the new regulations to cut-down on litter and waste.

“New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on most types of single-use plastic bags from retail sales, changing a way of life for millions of New Yorkers as legislators seek to curb an unsightly and omnipresent source of litter,” reports the New York Times.

“New York’s ban, which would begin next March, would forbid stores to provide customers with single-use plastic bags, which are nonbiodegradable and have been blamed for everything from causing gruesome wildlife deaths to thwarting recycling efforts,” adds the article.

“There was a real understanding that there should be a ban on plastic,” said one State Senator from Long Island. “And that if people go to paper rather than reusables, we are not that better off.”

Read the full report at the New York Times.