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What to expect when New York bans plastic bags

28 Feb 2020

There are so many exceptions that you’ll still be seeing a lot of plastic. But it is still a step in the right direction: toward moving away from our dependence on single-use plastic items.

New Yorkers use an estimated 23 billion plastic bags a year, and environmentalists are hoping the state’s plastic bag ban, which goes into effect March 1, will curb that number (and the subsequent majority of those plastic bags that end up in landfill). But that ban doesn’t mean that beginning in March, New Yorkers will stop encountering plastic bags all together. In fact, they’ll probably still see a lot of plastic bags, if they order takeout, fill a prescription, get a newspaper delivered, pick up dry cleaning, or buy bulk items from fruit to grains.


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