Our planet is being drowned with all the plastic that we use on daily basis, and because of that states in North America are initiating restrictions in terms of using plastic bags. They are non-biodegradable and have disastrous effects on the wildlife and environment.
For instance, the New Yorkers use up to 23 billion plastic bags yearly as per the findings of The Associated Press. Therefore, the New York State lawmakers have decided to protect the environment by initiating a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags from retail sales. California first initiated such law in 2016 when it banned the use of plastic bags. In the New York State the idea was given by the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and it should come in force in March.
Hawaii is another state that has banned the use of plastic bags trying very hard to protect their precious islands and ocean.
The ban in New York would forbid stores to offer customers single-use plastic bags, and this law is expected to be part of the state’s budget bills. However, there will be exceptions, like garment bags, newspaper bags, bags sold in bulk, food takeout bags, bags used to wrap deli or meat, counter products and bags for bulk items.
Counties can decide if they want to introduce a 5-cent fee on paper bags where the whole revenue would go to the Environmental Protection Fund and to a separate fund that will allow purchase of reusable bags for consumers.
The Governor of New York emphasizes the importance of this ban as plastic bags are the main factor in polluting the environment and clogging the waterways. This ban will allow protection of our natural resources for future generations.
Senator Todd Kaminsky supports the decision of the New York state, and hopes that very soon other states will do the same. She believes that that it will be accepted by the people and that when looking back in time we will wonder how we did not do it sooner.
The ban of plastic bags is a first step against the use of plastic that is highly detrimental for the planet. Hawaiian lawmakers have suggested a pair of bills that would ban most plastic in the restaurant industry, and the Maryland proposal could make this region the first one in entirely banning polystyrene food containers.