plastic bag ban

New Yorkers have only about six months left to get single use plastic bags at the supermarket before a ban goes into effect March 1 and former EPA Administrator Judith Enck says that’s good thing. Enck now runs the Beyond Plastics center at Bennington College, VT and she spoke during a recent conference there. She told WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt that more needs to be done.


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Wegmans supermarkets are getting ahead of New York State’s upcoming ban on single-use plastic bags.


Karen DeWitt

The New York State legislature finished up work on the budget around 7:30 a.m. Monday, just making the budget deadline of April 1. The spending plan represents a compromise where not everyone is completely happy.

With a Sunday night deadline looming, the New York state budget is starting to take shape. Lawmakers are planning to return to the Capitol for a rare Sunday session to begin voting on budget bills. The state's new fiscal year begins Monday.

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The sponsors of a bill to ban single-use plastic bags in New York are optimistic that the measures will be part of the new state budget. But there are still details to be worked out, including whether there should be a fee on paper bags.