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Image: Michael Kowalczyk via Flickr.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, passed by state lawmakers last April, goes into effect on March 1, 2020. Grocery stores and other retail establishments that collect state taxes from customers will no longer be permitted to use the familiar garden-variety plastic bags to contain purchases at checkout counters. Few argue in favor of their use: they aren’t biodegradable, cause major pollution, and kill wildlife. But we’re used to their presence, so our everyday errands may be affected, no matter how minor or worthy the change. What are the exceptions to the no-bag rule? What are our alternatives? What do we hope to accomplish by banishing plastic bags? For those answers and more, read on.

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City Living, Policy

Image: Michael Kowalczyk via Flickr.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced a bill on Monday to outlaw single-use plastic bags in the state of New York. The New York Times reports that Cuomo announced the three-page post-Earth-Day bill as part of the effort to fight the “blight of plastic bags” and their “devastating toll on our streets, our water and our natural resources.”

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NYC Fashion Week kicks off today–what better time to de-clutter, de-hoard, and make some room in your closet. Every year New Yorkers jettison approximately 200,000 tons of clothing, shoes, handbags and other textiles and clothing items. re-fashioNYC is a partnership between the NYC Department of Sanitation and Housing Works that is making it easier than ever to donate those items instead. The convenient in-building service will supply collection bins to your apartment building (with over 10 units), workplace, gym, school or other public building, then collect the contents whenever the bins are full. re-fashioNYC is completely nonprofit and charitable–all proceeds from donations support the charitable mission of Housing Works to end homelessness and AIDS. Nothing donated is sent to landfills.

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