A resource for legislative bodies considering laws limiting the use of plastic bags

A resource for legislative bodies considering laws limiting the use of plastic bags.



why regulate plastic bags?

Plastic bags are harmful to the environment and costly to taxpayers. Regulation minimizes windblown litter, marine impacts, issues with waste management, and more.


New York City Residents use and discard about 10 billion plastic bags every year. The city is in serious need of a plastic bag law. We teamed up with Papel & Caneta to create a video about the issue, featuring bodega owners from the 5 NYC boroughs.  Watch and share the #VoteWithYourTote video today, then learn more about how to get involved.


 From the blog


Governor Cuomo's Plastic Bag Task Force Fails to Recommend a Solution

New York's Plastic Bag Task Force issued its report yesterday evening. As you might expect of a government report issued on the Saturday of a holiday weekend, the news was not good.

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Environmentalists Urge Governor Cuomo to Keep His Promise to Address Plastic Bag Pollution

After overturning NYC’s “Bring Your Own Bag” Bill, which would have placed a 5 cent fee on plastic and paper bags starting in February, Governor Cuomo formed a Plastic Bag Task Force to create a state-wide plastic bag policy recommendation by the end of this year. 

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Jennie Romer is a national expert on carryout bag policy whose expertise is routinely sought by legislators, community groups, and businesses. She currently works as an attorney, policy advisor, and sustainability consultant in NYC. 

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