A state task force suggested several options to address plastic bag waste in New York after failing to reach a consensus on one recommendation.
The Plastic Bag Task Force’s 88-page report was released Saturday ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget address. The governor will outline his budget proposal Tuesday in Albany.
The six-member task force led by state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos narrowed the list of possible solutions to eight options, including stronger enforcement of existing state laws to reduce plastic bag waste, an outright ban on single-use plastic bags found in supermarkets and other stores and requiring manufacturers to fund a program that would collect and recycle plastic bags.