Cuomo to in­clude plas­tic bag ban pro­posal

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS -

NEW YORK (AP) >> Gov. An­drew Cuomo on Sun­day said his up­com­ing ex­ec­u­tive bud­get would in­clude a pro­posal to ban sin­gleuse plas­tic bags in New York state.

Cuomo said his bud­get, which he is sched­uled to re­lease Tues­day, would also in­clude a pro­posal to make most non-al­co­holic bot­tles el­i­gi­ble for a 5-cent redemp­tion.

Cuomo, a Demo­crat, called the bag ban a “bold ac­tion” that would “cre­ate a cleaner and greener New York for all.”

“While the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is tak­ing our en­vi­ron­men­tal progress back­wards and sell­ing out our com­mu­ni­ties to pol­luters and oil com­pa­nies, in New York we are mov­ing for­ward with the na­tion’s strong­est en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies and do­ing ev­ery­thing in our power to pro­tect our nat­u­ral re­sources for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he said.

He said any ini­tia­tive would in­clude ex­emp­tions where ap­pro­pri­ate.

Cuomo had first pro­posed a ban last April after he and law­mak­ers in 2017 blocked a pro­posed plas­tic bag fee from go­ing into ef­fect in New York City. At the time, Cuomo said his con­cern was over the monies raised by the fee go­ing to store own­ers in­stead of en­vi­ron­men­tal causes.

For the bot­tle bill pro­posal, Cuomo’s ex­pan­sion would add bot­tles for sports drinks, en­ergy drinks, fruit and veg­etable drinks and ready-to­drink teas and cof­fee to the list of those that can be re­deemed.

A fi­nal bud­get in ne­go­ti­a­tion with the state Leg­is­la­ture is sup­posed to be passed by April 1.

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