While we support Gov. Cuomo’s proposed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council will keep advocating for a small fee on paper bags as well. With the deadline for budget approval coming up on April 1, time is running out!

While the details of implementation haven’t yet been worked out or clarified, the proposed ban on plastic bags is an important step. It would reduce carbon emissions by limiting the petroleum use in creating the bags, and reduce emissions caused by trucking waste bags to the landfill. And it would be a step toward eliminating plastic refuse that clogs waterways and litters our oceans, lakes and tree branches.

But an unintended consequence may be that shops and consumers simply shift to using single-use paper bags, which use more energy to produce.

What Can You Do?

Here are some suggestions for helping us move toward a plastic-bag free New York State:

  • Get in the habit of using reusable shopping bags for all your shopping (not just groceries!). Forgetting your bags? Leave a stash of them in the car and put a sticker on your steering wheel to remind you to take them with you when you leave the parking lot.
  • Take a moment to write to or call your legislator and register your support for a plastic bag ban WITH a small fee for paper bags:

    Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins: (914) 423-4031
    State Senator Peter Harckham: (914) 241-4600
    State Senator David Carlucci: (914) 941-2041
    State Senator Shelley B. Mayer: (914) 934-5250
    State Senator Jamaal T. Bailey: (718) 547-8854
    State Senator Alessandra Biaggi: (718) 822-2049

  • Follow the work of the Federated Conservationists of Westchester. This active group conducts  workshops and other events to educate citizens of Westchester County about environmental issues. FCWC is often asked to testify at hearings and to speak out on these and other environmental issues impacting the county.