Friday, November 2, 2007

New York may Take Action Against Plastic Bags

New York (TGW) – New York may soon begin cracking down on plastic bags in large retailers.

A proposed law introduced Monday requires stores larger than 5,000 square feet to set up an in-store recycling program and sell reusable bags. Stores would be required to use bags printed with a reminder to consumers: "Please return this bag to a participating store for recycling."

Approximately 700 food stores plus large retailers would have to comply with this law.

"We think this strikes the right balance between conscience and convenience," said Councilman Peter Vallone, a co-sponsor of the bill, which needs approval from the city council and environmentally minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Even though plastic bags are horrible for the environment, millions are used every day.

Via :: Reuters