NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A rally was held Sunday against the efforts in Albany to overturn the New York City plastic bag fee law.
Environmental advocates, joined by elected officials, gathered on the steps of City Hall Sunday afternoon.
The proponents of the 5-cent fee for most plastic and paper shopping bags, which is set to go into law on Feb. 15, noted that New Yorkers throw away 10 billion plastic bags every year. They add up to nearly 7,000 garbage truck trips trucked to landfills at a cost of $12.5 million to taxpayers, the advocates said.
Plastic bags also often end up in storm drains, trees and oceans, the group said.
“It is our responsibility to do something about plastic bags when they’re affecting our community,” said Queens City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-31st). “This is not about — this should not be about politics. This is about the future of our children; the future of our neighborhoods.”
The rally also featured someone in a suit made up all of plastic bags.
The state Senate has already passed legislation to stop the fee.