Gov. Cuomo introduces bill banning single-use plastic bags

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SAN FRANCISCO – MARCH 28: A man leaves with a bag of groceries in a plastic bag made of recyclable material at the Nature Shop on March 28, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags on Monday.

The governor’s office says it ban plastic bags at any point of sale. The bill exempts garment bags, trash bags, and any bags used to wrap or contain certain foods, such as fruits and sliced meats.

“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,” Gov. Cuomo said. “As the old proverb goes: ‘We did not inherit the earth, we are merely borrowing it from our children,’ and with this action we are helping to leave a stronger, cleaner and greener New York for all.”

If passed, the bill would go into effect on January 1, 2019.

MORE | Read the bill here.

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