New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced a bill in the state legislature to ban single-use, plastic carryout bags anywhere in the Empire State. If passed by lawmakers in Albany, the prohibition would start at the beginning of next year.
The Democratic governor last year blocked a New York City bill that would have imposed a 5-cent fee on plastic shopping bags, arguing it would make more sense to regulate the bags on the state level.
“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,” Cuomo said, according to the New York Post.
The proposed measure would exempt plastic garbage bags and bags used to wrap such as those used to wrap meats in a deli.
Cuomo’s proposal came just hours after Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging the governor in the Democratic primary, attended an Albany rally demanding that Cuomo do more for the environment.