Tell Governor Cuomo to Keep His Promise to Tackle NY's Bag Pollution Problem

Urge the Governor to include a "BYOBag" policy in the state budget this year!

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Single-use bags—both plastic and paper—are environmentally-harmful, costly, and unnecessary. Bags pollute our parks and waterways, waste natural resources, and harm wildlife. Help us push New York State to join hundreds of cities, states, and countries that have made the switch to reusable bags!

Last year, Governor Cuomo convened a New York Plastic Bag Task Force ("Task Force") to develop a statewide solution to our disposable bag pollution problem. After nearly a year of deliberation, the Task Force was unfortunately unable to agree on one BYOBag (Bring Your Own Bag) policy recommendation for New York. The Task Force did issue a report that included a number of options, including what CCE considers the most effective solution: a ban on plastic bags and a fee on paper bags.

After the release of the Task Force report, the Governor did not include a bag policy in his initial Executive Budget proposal for 2018-19, which was released in mid-January. However, there is another chance for the Governor to keep his promise, by including a bag policy in his 30-day amendments to his Executive Budget.

Contact Governor Cuomo today and urge him to include a policy that addresses single-use plastic and paper bag pollution in his 30-day budget amendments. You can call his office at 518-474-8390 (preferred) or send Governor Cuomo an email today.

Thank you for taking action. Together we make a difference!


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