As plastic bag ban advances, shoppers wonder: Now what?
of Orchard Park. “It’s probably one of those things where, after a while, you just get used to it. People were probably really ticked at the bottle deposit, and now it’s just a way of life.”
Retailers contend an outright ban would be costly for stores and have unintended negative consequences for the environment.
Under the latest plan on the matter, plastic bags would be banned outright. But counties and cities would be given an option for a nickel fee on any paper bag provided to consumers; 60 percent of the revenues would go to the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and 40 percent would go to the county or city enacting the paper bag fee. The localities can use the revenues to purchase and distribute reusable bags, mostly for low-income residents.
A number of carve-outs are included in the plastic bag ban, such as people enrolled in the SNAP and WIC low-income programs who would be exempt from the charge. Also, plastic bags could still be given to consumers to hold prescription drugs, newspapers, and items such as sandwich meat sliced to order at grocery stores. Also, plastic garbage, garment and restaurant takeout plastic bags will still be permitted.
Jo Natale, a Wegmans spokesperson, said a plastic bag ban would have a “significant financial impact” on the grocery industry.
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“I’m not opposed to the 5-cent charge, to keep the environment clean. It’s probably one of those things where, af ter a while, you get used to it.” – Michelle Campbell
Plastic bags fill a shopper’s cart at the Wegmans on Transit Road in Depew on Thursday. Retailers say an outright ban on plastic bags will pose a major financial impact and may have unintended consequences for the environment.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie doesn’t have votes to pass campaign bill.