The governor of the state of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, has announced that he will launch a program to ban plastic bags as a measure to improve the environment.
"This ban will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production and disposal of plastic bags," a state release said.
Cummo, who assured that this initiative will be included in the 2019 budgets, did not clarify, however, how much funds will be allocated to achieve this objective, nor did he offer more details about the plan, although he did say that it will be accompanied by the distribution of Reusable bags and that will include exemptions.
"New Yorkers use millions of plastic bags per year, which are not biodegradable, which generates massive amounts of garbage in neighborhoods and waterways and pose a threat to the health of New Yorkers and the environment," he said. the note.
The state of New York created in March 2017 a team to study the situation of non-biodegradable plastics, as well as to find a solution to eliminate them and contamination from their use.
Also, according to the note, the state will expand the type of bottles of non-alcoholic beverages for which 5 cents will be paid for its return.
"With the expansion of the law of the bottle, most containers of soft drinks may be eligible for the return of five cents," the statement said.
As usual, in the communiqué, Cuomo, of the Democratic Party, criticized the policy of the federal government, controlled by the Republican Party, and praised its own progressive policies.
"While the federal government is reversing our environmental progress and selling our communities to polluters and oil companies, in New York we move forward with stronger environmental policies," said Cuomo.