New Yorkers are adjusting after the first day of the plastic bag ban on Monday and some are frustrated.
The City of NY official twitter account tweeted:
TODAY’S THE DAY!
Plastic bags are officially banned. Together, we can create a cleaner future for our city and planet.
TODAY’S THE DAY!
Plastic bags are officially banned. Together, we can create a cleaner future for our city and planet. pic.twitter.com/zUy65I0C6S
— City of New York (@nycgov) March 1, 2020
Some Twitter users mocked the initiative.
Anyone else remember from the 80s the push to stop using paper bags and switch to plastic in order to save the trees?
— Chris Orlik (@chrisorlik) March 1, 2020
Fox News reports a new ban on single-use plastic bags in New York left shoppers used to their old ways shocked at the new changes Sunday.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” letter-carrier Scott Kimmel, 56, told the New York Post while shopping at a Target in College Point, Queens. “I understand about ‘conserve, take care of the environment,’ but c’mon!”
New York officially prohibited stores from handing out most thin plastic bags starting Sunday.
State environmental officials were encouraging New Yorkers to start using reusable bags often made out of canvas or polyester. They said the state has purchased over a quarter-million reusable bags to give out to food pantries and shelters.
“I was totally shocked,” Target shopper Richie Alvarez, 49, added of the change. “This is what our world is coming to. Yeah, they charged me extra for the bag. That’s why I only took one. It would normally be two or three bags.”
The law, which the state passed last April, barred many types of businesses from using the thin plastic bags that have been clogging up landfills, getting tangled in trees and accumulating in lakes and seas.
Single-use paper bags will still be allowed, but counties had the option of imposing a 5-cent fee.
The state has planned to enforce the ban by issuing a warning to stores that violate the law for the first time. Each store eventually could face a $250 fine for a subsequent violation, and a $500 fine for violations in the same calendar year.
New York’s ban exempted bags used for restaurant takeout food, plastic bags used to wrap meat and bags used for prepared food.