Monday, December 08, 2008

Tell the Governor to Fix the Plastic Bag Bill


From the New York League of Conservation Voters:

"Plastic bags are clogging our landfills and endangering our environment.

Earlier this year, New York City enacted a law requiring large stores to accept plastic bags for recycling.

This program is simple, easy for consumers to understand and was adopted with broad support from both the environmental and business communities in the city.

The New York State Legislature followed New York City's lead and adopted a statewide program.

Unfortunately, this new bill waters down New York City’s more stringent law.

You can make a difference by asking the governor not to sign this bill until he and the Legislature reach an agreement to exempt New York City from the new statewide law."

Time is short -- the governor must act by December 12th. To send a message to the governor about the plastic bag bill, click here:


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1 comment:

Eileen said...

I am happy to report that Governor Patterson signed the bill, while preserving the more stringent city regulation. The state law only applies to stores bigger than 10,000 square feet, while the city's version applies to stores over 5,000 s.f. or chains having more than 5 locations in the city. News story at NY1 Paterson Signs Statewide Plastic Bag Recycling Law .