November 6, 2008

No more free NYC plastic bags?

The plastic industry has often been heard this year accusing several US municipal governments of making them their scapegoat by supplementing city coffers with taxes or charging fees for the use of plastic products such as water bottle or supermarket bags.

They might be right this time when Mayor Bloomberg of New York City announced its plans to charge New Yorkers a nickel for each plastic bag they use at every store (any kind of store even your favorite deli in the street corner). This, along with other city budget cuts, is in order to plug New York City's expected $4bn budget shortfall for the next two years, according to the New York Times.

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