RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 5-cent fee on plastic bag use will begin in Suffolk County.
Students from school across the county spent weeks outside of supermarkets surveying over 11,000 shoppers, and they discovered that 70 percent used plastic bags to carry their groceries. That will likely change soon when a new law takes effect charging 5 cents per plastic non-reusable bag.READ MORE: Residents Begin To Clean Up, Assess Damage After 2 Tornadoes Touch Down In Bucks County Leaving Path Of Destruction
“In America we use 100-billion plastic bags every year, the statistic that 46,000 pieces of plastic exist in every square mile of the ocean today,” Adrienne Esposito of Citizens Campaign for the Environment said.READ MORE: Police Say Jonathan Perez, 34, Attacked 11-Year-Old Queens Girl, Made Sexually Threatening Statements
The law is for all stores including drug stores and clothing stores, so if you go to the mall and buy a sweater and you don’t have a reusable bag you will be charged 5 cents.MORE NEWS: NYPD: 7 Gang Members Arrested In Bronx Car Dealership That Left Dad Injured As He Shielded His 3 Children