Plastic bags may be on the way out in New York State.
Governor Cuomo said he is including provisions in his executive budget to ban single-use plastic bags.
Cuomo also states that he intends to expand New York’s bottle bill to make most non-alcoholic drink containers eligible for 5 cent redemption.
“While the federal government is taking our environmental progress backwards and selling out our communities to polluters and oil companies, in New York we are moving forward with the nation’s strongest environmental policies and doing everything in our power to protect our natural resources for future generations,” Governor Cuomo said in the statement.
“These bold actions to ban plastic bags and promote recycling will reduce litter in our communities, protect our water and create a cleaner and greener New York for all.”
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster have both shown support for the proposal.