Saturday, October 6, 2012
Group pushes for plastic bag ban
The same people behind the brand new plastic bag ban/paper bag charge law that went into effect in San Francisco on Monday, have their sights set on New York City.
Environmental group Clean Seas Coalition says disturbing images like plastic patches swirling in the Pacific Ocean to plastic bags hanging in trees in Central Park has them pushing to ban those bags for good across the country.
So who stands to profit from the plan? That varies from city to city. Romer says depending on the structure of the ordinance, the money will either go to the retailer or to the city to create some kind of environmental fund.
The plan pushes people to pick up reusable bags. While customers can buy the reusable ones at Gristedes Market in Midtown Manhattan, they blow through the free plastic ones.
But in the end, will it be money wasted, or more paper and plastic trashed?