Target: New York City Council
Goal: Urge one of America’s largest cities to implement a fee for each plastic bag a customer uses
Currently, the New York City Council is considering implementing a plastic bag fee. For every plastic or paper bag a customer requires when checking out at a store, there will be a ten cent fee. This program is aimed at reducing the billions of bags used in the city each year, for the sake of profit and the environment. Urge the NYC Council to sign this into effect and to encourage people to use their own reusable bags.
In just one year, NYC goes through 5.2 billion single-use bags. The process required to create plastic or paper bags, especially at this scale, is damaging to the environment. When this picture also includes the billions of bags that are thrown away instead of recycled, it becomes clear that this is not a sustainable practice for any city. NYC currently spends approximately $10 million in disposing discarded bags into landfills.
Similar tactics have been used in cities across America to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags given to customers. Some cities have even banned these types of bags entirely. In San Jose, California, plastic bag litter decreased by 89% two years after the ban was put in place. In Austin, Texas, 90% fewer single-use bags are used. In Washington, D.C., a 60% reduction has been seen in bag use in just four years.
It seems clear that not only can a plastic bag fee be successfully implemented, but it should be put in place in NYC. For a city using 5.2 billion bags each year, and spending $10 million to stick them in a landfill, the time for action is now. Urge the NYC Council to sign this fee into place as soon as possible to encourage people to bring reusable bags, reduce the landfill costs, and help preserve the environment.
Dear NYC Council,
It came to my attention that the council is currently considering implementing a plastic bag fee in New York City. Given that the city goes through 5.2 billion bags per year and spends $10 million dumping those bags in landfills, a new course of action is required immediately.
California, Texas, and Washington, D.C. have gone so far as to ban the use of plastic bags in certain city areas. Time has proven it to be an effective method for reducing waste and the costs associated. It stands to reason, then, that if NYC implemented a plastic bag fee, the number of bags used and those costs would also drop drastically.
A plastic bag fee is an immediate and successful solution for NYC’s current use of plastic bags. Please vote to implement it as soon as possible.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Zainub Razvi