Plastic Bag Ban

Under the measure, styrofoam cups, plates and containers would be banned citywide.
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The Troy City Council is gearing up to tackle legislation governing plastics when it meets on Thursday.

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Ulster County legislators are considering a measure to include additional single-use plastic items in a law pertaining to plastic straws. The county executive supports the proposed law while the legislature’s minority leader has concerns.

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A new measure to reduce plastic pollution has been introduced by a Troy city councilor.

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The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags.

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The town of Middlebury could become the next Vermont community to ban single-use plastic bags.

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On Earth Day, there were a number of events and new commitments throughout the Hudson Valley, including a visit from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He was at the Kingston waterfront Monday to sign a plastic bag ban. Plus, a state Senator is introducing a bill she says will improve the environment.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs a bill into law banning single use plastic shopping bags in New York State at a ceremony held on Earth Day, Monday April 22, 2019 at Long Island University.
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As Earth Day was celebrated Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that bans single use plastic bags in grocery stores and other retail shops in New York.

According to a new poll, most registered voters in New York support the plastic bag ban recently passed by the state legislature, but not the banning of mugshots.

Plastic shopping bags caught in trees along Central Avenue in Albany, New York.
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Included in the new state budget in New York is the nation’s second statewide single-use plastic bag ban. One Albany lawmaker says it doesn’t go far enough.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses accusations of inappropriate behavior against former Vice President Joe Biden, and the $175.5 billion state budget deal reached by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders. He also comments on a new plastic bag ban in New York, and the issue of public campaign financing. 

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The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags.

The sponsors of a bill to ban single-use plastic bags in New York are optimistic that the measures will be part of the new state budget. But there are still details to be worked out, including whether there should be a fee on paper bags.

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Two New York lawmakers say a proposal for banning plastic shopping bags has gained traction for inclusion in the next state budget being negotiated in Albany.


   The drive to make Springfield the latest city in Massachusetts to ban plastic shopping bags has stalled.  

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On Town Meeting Day, three towns in Vermont approved non-binding resolutions calling on their communities to ban the use of plastic bags.  Other towns in the state had previously passed similar measures.  Sponsors of a bill in the Vermont Senate hope this week’s support will lead to progress in the Statehouse for their proposal.

A movement to ban single-use plastic bags is gaining momentum in Vermont as voters in at least three more communities supported such a ban on Town Meeting Day.

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    The largest city in western Massachusetts is moving closer to banning retailers from putting customer purchases into single-use plastic bags.


Ahead of his State of the State and budget address Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a bottle bill expansion and plastic bag ban will be included in the 2019 budget. Environmentalists praise the move but want to ensure it goes far enough while at least one industry group is concerned the bag ban could go too far.

Dutchess Legislature Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Dec 10, 2018
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The Dutchess County, New York legislature has approved a ban on plastic shopping bags. Despite the near unanimous vote, there was controversy over one aspect that did not make it into the measure.

Ulster County Exec Signs Plastic Bag Ban Bill

Oct 20, 2018

In New York, the Ulster County executive has signed a plastic bag ban that will go into effect next summer.

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A state panel created to study how to reduce the environmental impact of disposable plastic grocery bags has released a report, but makes no recommendation.


Vermont legislators are considering proposals aimed at curbing the use of plastic shopping bags.