NYC Bag Law - Take Action Now!
Tell Governor Cuomo that his decision to
over-rule NYC's Bring Your Own Bag law
and to impose a moratorium
for at least 1 year before NYC can consider this law again
NY City Council cannot move forward with a new bill involving fees until
January 1, 2018 , which can not be implemented until 270 days after adoption.
(Governor Cuomo's statement->)
New York City will continue to spend $12.5 million/year
to send over 9 billion plastic bags to landfills and incinerators annually,
The legacy of our NY State legislators
will be an unquantifiable price tag
left to future generations, who will be negatively affected
by the toxic and polluting plastics
entering our waste stream, waters, wildlife
and seafood today!
(See statement of Council Members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin ->)
Call or write Governor Cuomo
Take Local Action for Global Impact
Hello, my name is ________ and my address is _________.
I am calling to let Governor Cuomo know that I oppose S. 4158/A. 4883.
This bill has prevented NYC’s disposable bag reduction law from going into effect, as voted on by the NYC Council. The NYC bag bill is the result of over three years of advocacy efforts and negotiation. I urge the Governor to protect the city’s right to enact local environmental laws and to reconsider his position, which delays urgently needed action, costs taxpayers $12.5 million per year, and poses a serious a threat to the health of our oceans, marine wildlife, and our seafood.
Plastic bag litter is expensive, ugly, & a toxic threat to our oceans & seafood. #nyc voted yes to #byobag. @NYGovCuomo, unacceptable!
Or retweet this->
NYC Council voted YES on the #BYObag law,
to protect our oceans, marine wildlife and seafood,
but NY State Legislators voted to kill
our local environmental law.
Our state legislators need
environmental education now!
Is there plastic debris in our seafood?
A National Park Service Ranger at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC explains to students how plastic bags threaten turtles and birds.
What NYC students say about the #BYObag law:
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
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.
“New Yorkers use and discard a staggering 10 billion single-use carryout bags annually. …There is a very limited market for plastic bag recycling in the United States. On average, (New York City) collects more than 1,700 tons of single-use carry-out bags per week – which equates to 91,000 tons of plastic and paper carry-out bags each year, and presently costs the City $12.5 million annually to dispose of this material outside the City.”
10 reasons why we need a bag fee:
watch CNN's: PLASTIC ISLAND - How our throwaway culture is turning paradise into a graveyard
Two words for Albany's attempt to micromanage NYC: Bag it
Crains, January 30, 2017
The disposable-bag fee would cost even the most forgetful shopper just a few dollars a month. read more ->
Read this great Opinion piece, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS,
January 26, 2017, by Eric Goldstein and Peter Kostmayer
"With big changes taking place in Washington and big challenges facing Albany in 2017, don’t state lawmakers have more important issues to tackle?" read more->
It may be preferable to take policy action before waiting for a completely clear research picture to emerge so as to avoid the risk of impacts worsening and becoming more difficult to manage in the future.
Science News from Research Organizations,
ANIMALS EAT OCEAN PLASTIC BECAUSE IT SMELLS LIKE FOOD
Now is the time to make sure that all NYS legislators understand why the NYC bag bill is so vital to protecting our waterways, oceans, marine life, and our marine food chain.
Protect our environment
and our local democratic process!
Thank you, NYC Council Members for
More Reasons to Support NYC's Bag Law
1. NYC waters have at least 165 MILLION plastic particles!
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