I read yesterday that NY state began their plastic bag ban on Sunday. So no grocery stores, pharmacies, merchants will give you your purchase in a plastic bag - you either bring your own, or some will sell you a paper bag for 5 cents.
The town next to mine initiated a similar ban, except they will still sell you a plastic bag for 10 cents and are moving toward a no-plastic rule. Now what we’re talking about here are those checkout line bags, referred to as “single use” bags. Ironically, these are the bags that most people (not the Bloomberg, Cuomo, Beto class, but the rest of us) tend to re-use. They’re the bags we use to clean up after our dogs, line cat litter pans and wastebaskets, keep in our cars as trash containers, or to cover wet umbrellas or muddy sports shoes. We carry them to yard/garage sales in case the seller doesn’t have a supply. Use them to separate items being packed in a picnic basket or cooler. Cover garden tools.
On the other hand, those rolls and rolls of thin plastic bags you see in grocery stores to bag produce, bulk nuts and candy, bakery items, or to twist-tie around deli containers that might leak, the ones most likely to be used once and tossed are still available, not to mention the high volume of food, beverages, toiletries, cleaning products, paper products packaged in plastic are not being discontinued, nor are consumers being charged extra for them. (My grocery store experimented with carrying glass bottled milk and cream from a small dairy that required the purchaser to return the glass bottles to the store - it didn’t sell and has been discontinued.)
So IMHO, singling out “single use” is a meaningless gesture, one that cost the grocery store branch where I used to shop the $800+ a month I had spent there. I now shop at another branch of the same chain that still packs in plastic bags, no charge, for which I am grateful every time I walk my 110 pounds of dog.