BagItNYC Coalition Urges Mayor to Adopt Carryout Bag Bill By Earth Day

Last month, over 70 environmental and community organizations sent letters to the Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito urging them to pass NYC's carryout bag bill (Int. No. 209-2014) by Earth Day. Today marks two weeks before Earth Day (April 22nd) and coalition members have expanded their call with a petiton that echos the request for the Mayor and Speaker to work with the City Council to adopt the bill, which would require a 10 cents charge for all carryout bags, by Earth Day.

New Yorkers wanting to express their support can sign the petition in additon to signing a petiton by NYC coalition member group New York League of Coalition Voters and registering on the BagItNYC coalition web page.

Other coverage of the bill includes this The Story of Stuff Project summary and this article about's interactive crowd-sourced Instagram map of plastic bag litter in NYC.