New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for a ban on plastic grocery bags in the city.
“We need to ban plastic bags — the time for debate on this is over,” de Blasio tweeted on Sunday, along with a link to an editorial in the New York Times calling for such a ban. The editorial was written by Joseph Curtin, a research fellow at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin, and a member of the Irish government’s Climate Change Advisory Council.
The bags, de Blasio wrote on Twitter, are “bad for the environment, they’re bad for the economy, they’re bad for New York.”
New York’s city council had passed a law imposing a nickel tax on plastic and paper bags, an effort to encourage shoppers to bring their own bags to avoid the tax. But the New York state legislature blocked the proposal from going into effect.
The city of Chicago has such a bag tax, charging shoppers 7 cents for every bag they need for their groceries. It’s been successful there, by at least one measure – stores are handing out fewer bags as shoppers have gotten in the habit of taking their own bags shopping.
We need to ban plastic bags — the time for debate on this is over. They’re bad for the environment, they’re bad for the economy, they’re bad for New York. The state is behind the curve here, it’s time to put our planet first. https://t.co/8xMJlG3Q3F
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 4, 2018
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo did form a task force to look at the plastic bag issues, but it hasn’t returned any specific proposed legislation.
6 months ago my eggs were double-bagged in plastic by a cashier in a Brooklyn deli. Social nicety prevented me telling the cashier that I had a reusable bag with me, so I told the @nytimes instead #plasticfree #plasticpollution https://t.co/u9ukWuEicO
— Joseph Curtin (@jmcurtin) March 4, 2018