New York’s 2019 Executive Budget could expand bottle-deposit refunds and ban plastic bags

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has two proposals in his 2019 Executive Budget that would expand bottle-deposit refunds and ban plastic bags. 

The “Bottle Bill,” a mandate that charges consumers five cents per disposable plastic bottle, would include new kinds of disposable bottles– sport drinks, energy drinks, bottled tea and bottled coffee drinks.

That deposit fee can be refunded if the bottles are taken to recycling centers that return deposit fees or stores with bottle-redemption machines. 

With that, it could be the end for another kind of plastic– plastic bags.

If the Plastic Bag Ban proposal is approved, stores may no longer be able to provide customers bags.

Cuomo said the move is to help reduce pollution from bags littered in communities, waterways and the environment as plastic bags don’t break down.

There are similar laws in effect in different parts of New York. In Suffolk County, stores charge customers five cents per plastic or paper bags. The mandate’s intent was to reduce pollution.

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