The New York law banning so-called single-use plastic bags took effect Sunday, with some customers balking at the new rules. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office celebrated the law with a graphic reading “buh bye.” “Sending a big farewell to single-use plastic bags,” the mayor’s office wrote. “We’ve moved on to eco-friendly reusable bags and we’re not looking back.” New York became one of only a handful of states to outlaw plastic bags when lawmakers approved the ban last year as part of a new state budget. Under the new law, local counties will have the option of imposing a 5-cent fee on paper bags, with 3 cents going to the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and 2 cents kept by local governments. Enforcement, however, will not begin until April 1, and a plastic bag manufacturer and New York City bodega owners are challenging the law at the state Supreme Court. Stores busted selling the banned bags would face a verbal reprimand, then a $100 fine for a second violation and a $500 fine for a third infraction. Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last year that going without plastic bags will be a “minor inconvenience” compared to the devastating impact of plastic pollution. State figures estimate that New Yorkers now use 23 billion single-use plastic bags each year. “By 2050, there will be more plastic by weight in the oceans than fish,” Cuomo said in April 2019. “You would have to be blind not to see what’s going on with our environment.” “I was totally shocked,” Target shopper Richie Alvarez, 49, told the Post. “This is what our world is coming to. Yeah, they charged me extra for the bag. That’s why I only took one. It would normally be two or three bags.” In a January 2019 paper published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, University of Sydney economist Rebecca Taylor found that plastic bag bans in cities did reduce plastic bag use there, but that garbage bag sales “skyrocketed” because people still need to pick up dog poop or line trash bins, she told NPR.
Exactly! This is fascist, big-government, touchy-feely, political correctness gone crazy. It’s the kind of petty, silly bs that liberals spend all their time and effort on; making life miserable for everyone. They focus on plastic bags and straws and other similar irrelevant nonsense, while homeless people are defecating on our sidewalks and crime is going through the roof. No wonder people are fed up with these idiot liberal Democratic politicians. Heck, the coronavirus is more popular than NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.