The Easy Way Out

January 10, 2008 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

Awaiting Mayor Bloomberg’s signature is a bill the City Council passed yesterday that requires stores 5,000 sq. feet in size or larger to set up some form of in-store recycling program for plastic bags.

From NY1:

“What this means is, if stores offer plastic bags to its customers, they have to set up bins where their customers can bring the bags back, drop them off, so they can be recycled,” explained City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

The legislation, which has the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, also requires stores to offer cloth bags for sale. Americans use an estimated 84-billion plastic bags a year; one billion right here in the city.

Two thousand stores will be required to participate right away—perhaps the Key Foods, most likely Trader Joe’s by its own volition. But I hope the City Council (especially those members in Queens) isn’t looking for back pats for this one. This is a long-overdue no-brainer, and it doesn’t undo all the homes that have been torn down and the TREES and GRASS that have been torn up.

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