Environment & Energy Report

Are Plastic Bag Bans Really Creating Less Pollution?

May 3, 2018, 11:59 AM

Environmentalists want to make the plastic bag a thing of the past.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently embraced a proposed ban on single-use plastic grocery bags. If passed, New York would join California, as well more than 300 jurisdictions across 24 states and the District of Columbia, who have passed local bans on thin-film plastic bags.

Despite the benefits of banning what many feel is a blight on the environment, there is evidence that “banning the bag” may not actually produce much in the way of environmental benefits.

“This focus on single-use plastic...

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