More progressive nonsense that will accomplish nothing except inconvenience shoppers and make operating a small business in this city even harder. Meanwhile the exodus continues.
New York will ban single-use plastic bags in stores starting March 1. The state’s ban, which was passed last year by the state legislature, will impact both grocery and department stores. New York is the third state to introduce a plastic bag ban, joining California and Oregon, as a way to curb the amount of plastic going to landfills. Instead of receiving a plastic bag at the checkout counter, customers will have to provide their own reusable bags or take a paper bag from the store with a five-cent tax. Customers using food stamps will be exempt from the bag tax. “If you have a small purchase, such as a magazine, candy or drink, you can help our environment by saying, ‘No, thank you,’ to a single-use paper bag and carrying the item instead,” New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation said in a press release.New York Bans Plastic Bags, Threatens $500 Fines