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Six cents a bag in NYC

November 18 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

Multiple locations on the globe are experimenting with programs surrounding single-use plastic bags. Add NYC to that list.

Mayor Bloomberg continues to show leadership in areas like these. With this announcement he's adding a six cent fee per bag.

This, an economic lever, is the only way that I believe people will take the time to understand the larger ramifications of single-use plastics. Of course I'd argue that six cents really isn't enough and that it doesn't truly reflect the total cost of ownership of a bag (oil exploration, shipping costs, environmental impacts, etc). Regardless, it's nice to see movement in the right direction.

Kudos NYC. Nice leadership Mayor Bloomberg. More.
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