New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called on the city council to require retail outlets to charge consumers a per-bag fee for plastic. New York Times reporter David Chen writes that Bloomberg is following the lead of several European governments, Seattle and some domestic retailers:
The idea is not totally foreign to the metropolitan area. The Ikea furniture chain, which opened its first New York City store in June, on the Brooklyn waterfront in Red Hook, began charging customers 5 cents for each plastic bag in 2007; since then, the store says, plastic bag use has been cut in half. Several large supermarket chains in the region, like Whole Foods Markets, offer refunds when customers bring reusable bags.
CAW and Plastic Bags:
- Learn about AB 2058, which would have placed an environmental fee on all carry out bags.