New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may make his state the next to implement a ban on single-use plastic bags.
According to the Times Union, the governor said he would introduce the ban as part of his budget for 2019.
On Twitter, the governor posted an explanation of his decision:
Plastic bags are trash.
I’m including provisions in my executive budget to ban single-use plastic bags and expand New York's Bottle Bill to make most non-alcoholic drink containers eligible for 5 cent redemption. Let's protect our environment. pic.twitter.com/71DjHpYHEV
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 13, 2019
“Plastic bags are trash,” he said. “I’m including provisions in my executive budget to ban single-use plastic bags and expand New York’s Bottle Bill to make most non-alcoholic drink containers eligible for 5 cent redemption,” he said.
Like others looking to place bans on consumer items, Cuomo portrayed the decision as a way to protect the environment. His tweet included a video of what appeared to be a plastic bag polluting a body of water.
Cuomo previously introduced a bill to ban plastic bags in April 2018 but faced opposition from Senate Republicans, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
“These bold actions to ban plastic bags and promote recycling will reduce litter in our communities, protect our water and create a cleaner and greener New York for all,” he said in a statement about his most recent effort.
Cuomo’s announcement came just after New York City enacted a ban on styrofoam containers.
For our planet’s future, New York City is kicking off 2019 as a styrofoam-free town! Join me in Brooklyn. https://t.co/dalSDlOlWf
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 1, 2019
California similarly banned single-use plastic bags in 2016, and one of its cities even banned plastic straws.