NY State Senate to vote on plastic bags law

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By Len Maniace

Decades after plastics bags were identified for their damage to the environment, the New York City Council finally took action last month, imposing a 5-cent charge on disposable plastic shopping bags.

But now, in an example of no good deed going unpunished, the New York State Legislature is considering undoing the city law, which affects only the five boroughs of New York City.

The bill is sponsored in the state Senate by Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat, who said the city law amounted “irritating people to change their behavior,” upending a well-established environmental principal of making the polluter pay. Local governments across the nation imposed deposits on disposable beverage bottles, which dramatically reduced the amount of bottles, often broken, covering our landscape.

Supporters of the plastic bag fee say it would work similarly, appealing to people’s pocket-book sense to switch to reusable bags, ending blizzards of plastic bags.

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About lenmaniace

Award-winning writer and editor who has worked as a journalist and a corporate communications professional specializing in environmental sustainability and public health policy. Experience includes successful media outreach for a Manhattan publicity firm. Board member and president of a community-based nonprofit. Founder and leader of a series of successful park, art and environmental programs in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation’s most diverse city. * Executive Editor at Elsevier, a leading scientific and medical publisher. * Publicist, Media Advisor, Social Media Manager (part-time) at Monteiro & Co., a book-marketing company that specializes in business management, economics and politics. * Reporter (part-time) at the New York Post, specializing in breaking news in the world’s most competitive media market. * Senior Writer and Editor at The Journal News/LoHud.com, Gannett’s daily news outlet in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. Specialized in health policy and environmental sustainability issues * President the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, a volunteer nonprofit civic organization in Queens, N.Y. Leader of its innovative environmental sustainability programs, including the Green Agenda for Jackson Heights.
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