NEW YORK BAG BILL PASSES!
The New York State plastic bag ban
with the 5-cent fee on paper bags in NYC
went into effect on March 1, 2020
Now, let's make sure it is enforced!
NYC Council Members Lander and Chin
and Cafeteria Culture students
for years of action to get the NYC bag bill passed!
NRDC Expert Blog
New York City Council Adopts Environmental Fee on Paper Bags
April 18, 2019 Eric A. Goldstein
By a vote of 38 to 9, the Council adopted the legislation as a complement to the recently enacted New York State ban on carryout bags made of plastic. Taken together, the state ban on plastic bags and the city’s five-cent fee on paper bags represent one of the most significant waste reduction initiatives undertaken here in years. (read more ->)
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.
National Park Service Ranger Dan Meharg - at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC - explains to students how plastic bags threaten turtles and birds.
Bag Fees Work!
WHY WE NEED A PLASTIC BAG BAN WITH A FEE
Plastic bag bans without fees on paper fail to change consumer behavior, leading everyone to switch to paper bags. Paper bags have their own negative environmental impacts.
Chicago and Honolulu first enacted bans without a fee, only to repeal their laws within months.
Cities and countries around the world have already enacted successful bag fee laws.
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:
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
PLASTICS AND HUMAN HEALTH
- READ THIS!
IMPORTANT NEW REPORT on the human health impacts of plastic
throughout the lifecycle - from cradle to grave
Microplastics are in New York City's waters and on our beaches
NY/NJ Baykeepers Report, estimates
165 million particles floating in NYC waterways
Is there plastic debris in our seafood?
Reasons to Support A Bag Ban in Your Community
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 greenhouse gas emissions to the recycling process.
PLASTIC BAGS are made from fossil fuels.
POLLUTING PLASTIC BAGS ARE EVERYWHERE.
PLASTIC BAGS cling to our trees, fill up our gutters, clog our sewers, make our parks ugly, and end up in oceans, our marine wildlife and in our seafood dinner!
POLLUTING PLASTIC BAGS HAVE NO BORDERS.
We now have a staggering 270 million metric tons of PLASTIC MARINE POLLUTION, degrading into tiny microplastics in our waterways and contaminating our food chain.
Plastic bags are eaten by marine animals,
blocking their intestines and starving them to death.
Studies show that tiny toxic microplastics are entering fish tissues.
EVEN THE PLASTIC BAGS YOU "THROW AWAY" ARE A PROBLEM!
When we throw "away" plastic, it is either burned in an incinerator or exported in carbon spewing trucks to out-of-state landfills - in somebody else's backyard - to stay forever.
TEACHING STUDENTS to be ADVOCATES
ARTS+MEDIA for Climate Action
BAG BILL LESSONS!
- Bag Give-away! Students went out into the neighborhood to promote positive "green" behavior.
- Cafeteria Culture organized a Round Table discussion with NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez! 100 4th-5th graders from PS 34 M, Children's Workshop School and The Earth School.
- Persuasive Writing - The students are knowledgeable inspired, and eager to share their well informed opinions!
Resources for banning plastic bags in your community from MassGreen.org ->
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