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Bagging It

New York State Bans Plastic Bags

Bagging It, Image: Bogdan Sonjachnyj f/Shutterstock.com
Bogdan Sonjachnyj f/Shutterstock.com

On Earth Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in retail stores that goes into effect next March. It’s estimated that New York uses 23 billion plastic bags every year, with 50 percent ending up in landfills and around cities and waterways.

New York is the third state in which plastic bags are illegal, after California and Hawaii.

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