|Photo courtesy of Office of Council Member Brad Lander|
The bag distribution was part of a joint effort to encourage reusable bag use and educate shoppers about a proposed bill, sponsored by Council Members Lander and Chin, to place a 10-cent charge on single use plastic and paper bags.
“Local business owners across New York like Charlie Sahadi support a ten cent charge on plastic bags because they know it’s a good policy, and one that will not negatively impact their business,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “Each year, New Yorkers use 5.2 billion carryout bags—over 600 bags per New Yorker —and the city spends over $10 million on the disposal of plastic bag waste."
Charlie Sahadi said, “After careful consideration I realized that this is the right thing to do for my grandchildren and all future generations."
Our opinion: What will New Yorkers use for garbage bags? Plastic grocery bags are the perfect size to throw down garbage chutes. We think this is a give-away to the businesses, as shoppers will have to buy bags anyway.
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