That May Soon Cost You
I haven’t purchased a garbage bag in more than a decade. I have a “bag of bags” at home and at work. Every store issued one is re used. So for me, the only question is whether the garbage bags for sale are cheaper than paying the ten extra cents.
In an effort to reduce the use of plastic and paper, the City Council is considering a surcharge if you don’t use your own bags at the checkout counter. Lawmakers introduced legislation today that would require grocery stores, bodegas, retail and drug stores to charge customers 10 cents per bag. The goal is to reduce waste and City spending on transporting trash to other states.
Supporters of the bill say charging customers who don’t recycle old bags will save approximately $10 million every year. Opponents suggest this is just another tax on the poor and a public education campaign should be implemented instead. The stores would keep the money from the surcharge. Customers who use food stamps would not be charged. Lawmakers believe the bill has enough support to pass in the new Council, despite previous failed attempts. Wh prada handbags at do you say?
Do you support this effort to reduce the use of 5.2 billion carryout bags in New York City every year? Is the ten cent surcharge too much, too little, or just right? Will this change the way you shop? Should customers who use food stamps be exempt?
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I have been using reusable bags for years now, not for less for environmental reasons and more so for pragmatic ones they are sturdier. People who oppose this surcharge and cite “prices going up” have a very myopic point of view and do not understand nor realize the pressure and stress plastic bags place on the city and the environment. The African country of Rwanda has banned non biodegradable plastic bags within its borders in 2008 and it worked out great for them. 30 cents so taxis can upgrade to handicapped accessible. Politicians are going to nickel and dime us to death. When it comes to the waste the environment, we are all responsible we should do our part to help. But the penalty should be higher what is a dime ? Make it 25 cents. 4 bags and it gets expensive. And the food stamps why not include them? Do they not have to recycle like everyone else Really if the poor want to save money they can use a grocery bag and not take the paper or plastic You dont see plastic bags blowing around affluent in middle class neighborhoods but go to washington heights they are all overUES
In order to cut down on waste more people need to recycle, i use my shopping bags three or four times before i throw them away, i don’t mind paying 10 cents for a bag it wont change the way i shop. People that are on food stamps should be exempt because they’re struggling to put food on their table for their families the government is cutting back on the SNAP program, nobody should go hungry the government should reinstate the money that was taken away from the poor families no child should go hungry.
Are there anymore useless proposals from this ridiculous city council? You mean to tell me that we have to use t prada handbags he same bags over and over again with all the drippings from the s prada handbags hopping that accumulates. This is outrageous to say the least. How about cutting some of their salaries and no show jobs for their friends. Already they have chosen certain ones to be exempt from this law. What environment are they referring to? I think they are smoking their own weeds and it see prada handbags ms as though it has effected them. [FOR SURE THIS GROUP IS NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME]