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November 13, 2008

In Mayor's Plan, the Plastic Bag Will Carry A Fee

Bagfee The New York Times 11.07.08

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has called for charging shoppers 6 cents for every plastic bag needed at the register.

 If the proposal passes, New York City would follow the lead of many European countries and become one of the first places in the United States to assess a so-called plastic bag tax.

Our Take:  While we applaud a consumption-based fee of any kind, 6 cents just isn't enough to change behavior. The main objective of Ireland's hugely successful PlasTax was to cut consumption. This seems designed to create an ongoing revenue stream for a struggling municipality, while reducing consumption a little. We doubt anything less than 25 cents will work.

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I feel that it is a step in the right direction. With the one at a time life style of many of those who live in NYC the plastic bags rack up very quickly. This gives many opportunities for change.

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