Get Ready to Pay for Paper Bags in New York
New York State is set to become the second state in the United States to ban plastic bags and soon you could be charged for using paper bags.
In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plastic bag ban will be included in the 2019 Executive Budget.
On Wednesday, lawmakers across New York agreed on a statewide ban for single-use plastic bags from retail sales, the New York Times reports.
The ban is expected to be in this year's state budget which experts believe will pass on Monday. The ban would take effect in March 2020.
The ban would exempt certain types of plastic bags for restaurants, deli or meat counter products, garments and trash bags.
The agreement will also allow counties and local governments the option to charge a 5-cent fee on paper bags.
According to the Governor's Office, New Yorkers use billions of plastic bags annually, which do not biodegrade, creating massive amounts of litter in neighborhoods and waterways and posing a threat to the health of New Yorkers and the environment.
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