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New York bans plastic bags on Earth Day and becomes third American state to do so

Plastic bags are a threat to the environment and imposing bans on them is one of the ways to control the evils of plastic pollution.
On a rough estimate, New York uses 23 billion plastic bags annually and most of them end up in landfills, clog the waterways and become eyesores around the city. In order to eliminate the menace that is damaging the environment, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has taken a timely decision to ban single-use plastic bags in the state. He has signed the legislation on Earth Day, and it would be effective from next March. He had constituted a task force in 2017 to develop a long-term solution to this problem and they studied all the pros and cons. Their recommendation was to ban it in totality and promote alternatives like paper bags. This will be in line with the decisions taken by California and Hawaii. Forbes quotes the task force report that says discarded bags are scattered in the landscape and in waterways and are not a pleasant sight. The report adds - “Single-use plastic bags are a detriment to the health of communities and the environment alike.” Other issues related to plastic...
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