Starting tomorrow, March 1, 2020, New York will outlaw stores giving out plastic bags in most cases. If you need bags, you must pay 5 cents each for paper bags. We certainly currently have too many single use plastics that accumulate in landfills, litter our streets and get snagged in our tree branches. It won’t solve all of our problems, but it is a start.
The solution? Carry your own cloth or heavy duty plastic bags to the stores. It will take some getting used to but will soon be commonplace. Now don’t you wish you had pledged more often to your public radio or television station? Then you would have more tote bags than you know what to do with. I know that is my problem. The tough part now is remembering to always bring one with me. I’ll get used to it, especially after overpaying for a silly paper bag. Get on board, bring your bag!