New York City Council Adopts Environmental Fee on Paper Bags

Billions of paper bags will be kept out of waste stream, as City Council adopts five-cent paper bag fee; NYC is distributing free reusable bags.

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In a move to throttle down on waste, litter and pollution, the New York City Council has adopted legislation that would place a five-cent fee on paper carryout bags distributed at supermarkets and other retail outlets in the nation’s largest city.

By a vote of 38 to 9, the Council adopted the legislation as a complement to the recently enacted New York State ban on carryout bags made of plastic.

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Source: NRDC

 

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