New York needs an effective bag law now!
Help ban the plastic bag by April 1st. Take Action here->
You can also Contact your NY State Representatives -
urge a "yes" vote for the New York State BYOBag Act S95/A5753
The NYS single-use plastic bag ban
must include a fee on alternative or paper bags too!
( the NYS BYOBag Act, S95/A5753 does that;
the Governor's proposed bill is a ban only,
and bans alone have failed in other cities)
From our friends at Riverkeeper:
Plastic bag bans without fees on paper and other bags fail to change consumer behavior, leading everyone to switch to paper bags. Paper bags have their own negative environmental impacts.
Any policy that tackles plastic bags also must address the alternatives to plastic bags. Unfortunately, Governor Cuomo’s proposal fails this requirement.
When Chicago and Honolulu tried Governor Cuomo’s approach - a ban without a fee - they repealed their laws within months after retailers moved to thicker single-use plastic bags. We’ve come too far to see New York make the same mistake and take us back to square one.
Urge your state representatives to send Governor Cuomo the most effective law that stops plastic bag pollution and helps people remember their reusable shopping bags, the New York State BYOBag Act by April 1st.
Find your NY Senator here -> (click on box below for a sample script)
Sample script here
Hello, my name is ________ and my address is _________.
I am calling to urge Senator/Assemblymember _______ to take action to reduce the use of plastic bags by voting yes for the BYOBag Act S95/A5753, a bill to ban thin single-use plastic shopping bags and place a fee on all other bags
Suggested Tweet here
TAKE ACTION to end plastic bag pollution in NY State. Plastic bag pollution is expensive, ugly, & a toxic threat to oceans, seafood and human health. Plastic bag bans without fees on paper and other bags don’t work! https://secure3.convio.net/river/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=570 #breakfreefromplastic @riverkeeper
Bag Fees Work!
Cities and countries around the world have already enacted successful bag fee laws.
Below: National Park Service Ranger Dan Meharg - at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC - explains to students how plastic bags threaten turtles and birds.
Watch LITTER MONSTERS, with youth-made stop motion animation!
Learn how plastic street litter flows into our rivers and bays on rainy days to become deadly marine pollution
What NYC students say about the #BYObag law:
PS34M 5th grade change-makers from Cafeteria Culture's ARTS+ACTION program debated the NYC bag bill, made bags to give away to neighbors, and went to City Hall to share their knowledge with City Council Members and the press. Learn why the law matters.
10 reasons why we need a bag fee/ban bill asap:
watch CNN's: PLASTIC ISLAND - How our throwaway culture is turning paradise into a graveyard
Science News from Research Organizations,
PLASTICS AND HUMAN HEALTH
- READ THIS!
IMPORTANT NEW REPORT on the human health impacts of plastic
throughout the lifecycle - from cradle to grave
As Trump is busy dismantling our environmental protection,
ANIMALS EAT OCEAN PLASTIC BECAUSE IT SMELLS LIKE FOOD
National Geographic, By Laura Parker, November. 10, 2016
A new study sheds light on why so many seabirds, fish, whales, and other critters are gobbling up so much marine plastic debris. And it's not quite what scientists thought.
YOUTH ACTION TO REDUCE PLASTIC BAG POLLUTION
More Reasons to Support NYC's Bag Law
1. NY/NJ BayKeepers report estimates
at least 165 million plastic particles are floating
within New York waterways!
read the NY TIMES article : Study Investigates proliferation of Plastic in Waterways Around New York (Feb 18, 2016)
2. Single-use plastic bags are environmentally harmful.
3. Plastic bags cost the public money
Above: SIMS Municipal Recycling Plant in Brooklyn. Endless NYC plastic bag trash must separated from recyclables, which are then sent to landfills, adding cost and Green House Gas emissions to the recycling process.
4. NY State's current voluntary plastic bag recycling regulation is not effective.
How the NYC Bag Law works
Customers who bring their own bags – plastic or otherwise – will not be charged.
"Made from fossil fuels. Shipped around the world in carbon-emitting boats, trains, and trucks. Used once, sometimes for as few as five minutes. It then often becomes litter – trapped in trees, poisoning wildlife, polluting waterways. It’s the single use plastic bag. And New Yorkers are so OVER it."
The Story Of Stuff
Looking for K-12 Lesson Plans on Marine Debris?
NOAA - TURNING THE TIDE ON TRASH
K-12 Lesson plans and background information on Marine Debris topics
More Resources from plasticbaglaws.org
Resources for banning plastic bags in your community from MassGreen.org ->
NYC Bag Bill Lessons