The New York State Legislature has agreed to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The days of the plastic bags in New York are, at last, coming to an end. But now we’ve got to make sure we reduce bag waste overall and don’t just trade plastic waste for paper waste.
*Please join Council Members Brad Lander & Margaret Chin and environment advocates to rally in support of a NYC Council proposal to put a fee on paper bags that will complement the NY-wide ban on plastic bags.*
Tuesday, April 4
11am @ City Hall Steps
Without adding a fee to paper bags, many shoppers simply switch to paper bags, which have their own adverse environmental impacts. The manufacture and transportation of heavier paper bags produce global warming emissions and are also a significant source of water and ground level air pollution. Moreover, most paper bags don’t get recycled and end up in landfills. And the market for recycled paper is especially weak these days since China has essentially ended the importation of recyclables from the United States. Finally, since paper bags are substantially heavier than plastic ones, New York City would spend even more than the $12 million we spend each year to truck bag waste to landfills (disproportionately through low-income communities of color). For all these reasons, a fee on paper bags is what we need to meaningfully reduce bag waste in NYC.