New York needs an effective bag law now
Take Action for World Oceans Day!
On June 6th: call Governor Cuomo and urge him to ban single-use plastic bags, while placing a fee on paper & thick plastic bags/
Let's get the 'New York State Bring Your Own Bag Act' passed!
(NY S7760/A9953) CALL: 845-943-4749
(take action on NYC's foam ban bill here->)
Contact your New York State Senator and ask her/him to vote yes for S7760, a bill to ban thin single-use plastic shopping bags and place a fee on all other bags (thick plastic and paper).
Senators Krueger and Hoylman have introduced this ban/fee hybrid legislation (S7760). Revenue raised by the fee would go to the State Environmental Protection Fund.
Find your NY Senator here ->
(click on box below for a sample script)
NY State uses 23 Billion plastic bags per year and New York City continues to spend $12.5 million/year to send over 9 billion plastic bags to landfills and incinerators annually,
According to an estimate by the World Economic Forum, “without significant action, there may be more plastic than fish in the ocean, by weight, by 2050.”
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Hello, my name is ________ and my address is _________.
I am calling to urge Senator _______ to take action to reduce the use of plastic bags by voting yes for S7760, a bill to ban thin single-use plastic shopping bags and place a fee on all other bags
The state 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 Senator 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.
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Plastic bag pollution is expensive, ugly, & a toxic threat to our oceans & seafood. #nyc already voted yes to #byobag law. It is time for @NYSenate to pass bill S7760 to reduce NY's 23 million plastics bag going to landfills, incinerators and into our waterways! #cleanseas
Bag Fees Work!
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH NY GOVERNOR CUOMO'S MUCH DELAYED BAG BAN PLAN?
CUOMO'S PROPOSED PLASTIC BAG BAN DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH, CRITICS SAY
- GOTHAMIST, - BY JEN CHUNG IN NEWS ON APR 24, 2018 5
The day after Earth Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a bill to ban single-use plastic bags, declaring, "The blight of plastic bags takes a devastating toll on our streets, our water and our natural resources, and we need to take action to protect our environment."
It's a sentiment with which many agree, but some advocates and legislators who have previously tried to outlaw plastic bags in New York remain deeply skeptical about whether the governor's plan will actually be effective.
"It's a flawed solution," says Eric Goldstein, NYC Environment Director of the National Resources Defense Council, an influential environmental non-profit. "Experience elsewhere has shown that a simple ban on plastic bags leads to much greater use of paper bags—or thicker plastic bags—and doesn’t accomplish the primary objective of triggering a shift to reusables."
Goldstein is in favor of more "sophisticated" ways to discourage plastic bag use. California, for example, bans plastic bags and charges a fee for recycled paper bags. A year after that ban went into effect, an LA Times editorial crowed "the world didn't end." The other model is one that Chicago has adopted: Charging fees for using either plastic or paper bags, which one study said reduced usage by 42%.
City Council Member Brad Lander, a Democrat whose district includes Park Slope, was more blunt in his assessment, issuing a lengthy statement yesterday declaring, "If Governor Cuomo has actually gotten serious about reducing the billions of plastic bags that New Yorkers send to landfills each month, it would be great news. But this looks like election-year Earth Day politics." (continue reading ->)
STATEMENT OF NY CITY COUNCIL MEMBER BRAD LANDER ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF HIS BILL TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS
If Governor Cuomo has actually gotten serious about reducing the billions of plastic bags that New Yorkers send to landfills each month, it would be great news. But this looks like election-year Earth Day politics.
The governor’s ‘program bill’ has no legislative co-sponsors, and was introduced after the governor’s budget leverage is gone, and with Simcha Felder -- well-known lover of plastic bags -- in the catbird seat in the State Senate. So there’s no reason to believe it will go anywhere.
Last year, the Governor killed NYC’s plastic-bag law. Now, he’s proposing legislation that would kill effective policies that have gone into effect in Suffolk County, New Castle, and other localities across the state.
A plastic bag ban with no fee on paper bags sounds good -- we’d all prefer to get something for nothing -- but it’s bad environmental policy. It will not reduce solid waste, because it gives no incentive for people to switch to reusable bags. At best, it will lead to a massive increase in paper bags, most of which are not recycled. Retailers will be hit hard, since paper bags cost five times as much as plastic bags. When Chicago and Hawaii tried to implement plastic bag bans recently, stores simply found a way around them, giving out thicker plastic bags by claiming they were reusable. Chicago and Honolulu recently scrapped their bans in favor of a fee on all carryout bags.
To understand why a straight ban is bad policy, you can read this analysis by Jennie Romer, a national expert of plastic bags. Or, you can read the long list of “cons” from the Governor’s own New York State Plastic Bag Task Force Report (copied below, from page 20 of the report).
If the Governor is serious, he should join forces with NYS Senators Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman, and NYS Assembly Environment Chair Steve Englebright, and support their recently-introduced bill to combine a statewide plastic bag ban with a small fee on paper bags.
In cities, states, and countries all over the globe, a small fee has helped the vast majority of people start bringing reusable bags the vast majority of the time. New Yorkers can do the same. We don’t need cheap election-year politicking.
NYC Council voted YES on the #BYObag law, to protect our oceans, marine wildlife and seafood, but Gov. Cuomo and NY State Legislators blocked our local environmental law.
“After Albany killed New York City's plastic bag fee last year, the State Legislature has an obligation to act on the findings of the Governor's plastic bag task force, which showed that a proven statewide model for reducing plastic bag waste is the California model: a ban on single use plastic bags and a fee on other types of bags, including paper bags, with the proceeds dedicated to the state's Environmental Protection Fund," said Senator Hoylman. "No more bowing to the special interests. With this bill sponsored by Senator Krueger and me, we have a chance to leave New York's environment in better shape than we inherited it.”
Take Local Action for Global Impact
New York needs Gov. Cuomo to deliver statewide policy on bags The governor’s committee failed to make any recommendations on how to reduce pollution and litter from bags.
Newsday, Editorial Board, January 28, 2018
The known unknowns of plastic pollution
Below: National Park Service Ranger Dan Meharg - 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/ban bill asap:
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,
SEA OF PLASTIC TRASH
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