Local pols still fighting for plastic bag tax
Legislation that would place a 10-cent fee on every non-reusable bag distributed at grocery stores and supermarkets in hopes of reducing disposable bag use was revisited at a City Hall hearing on Wednesday, November 19, but while many environmental groups are on board, local residents are still undecided.
“I’m torn,” said Flatbush resident and Bay Ridge native Eileen Fitzpatrick. “I understand wanting to help the environment and I’m a fan of reusable bags – I always bring one or two shopping with me – but I also save my plastic bags and reuse them all the time.
“I understand the tax but I think I don’t like it,” she went on. “It’s hard enough to pay my rent on time and do laundry. I don’t need to be taxed for plastic bags.”
“I think the reusable bag is a good idea,” noted Bensonhurst resident Siobhan Denniston adding that, more times than not, supermarkets offer cash back in the form of a five-cent credit if you use your own bag. “I use them all the time and, since they’re less than a dollar a piece, they’ve paid for themselves a few times over already.”