No More Plastic Bags In Albany County, Paper Bags To Cost A Nickel

High Angle View Of Plastic Bags On Floor

High Angle View Of Plastic Bags On Floor

Plastic bags will soon be no more in Albany County. WNYT reports that the legislator voted 22-14 in favor of charging five cents for paper bags. That would be a nickel per-bag. They claim it is to encourage the use of reusable bags.

I totally get it. We want to help the environment and limiting plastic bag use is a big deal in the fight. However charging for paper bags is not a solution to that. How is it helpful to begin charging for bags?

Personally I will probably end up using the reusable bags when this all goes into effect next March, but I think they need to rethink the bag fee. It's not something I think many people will go for.

However using your own bags can help because I believe some grocery stores take a nickel off of your total for total bags you reuse. Perhaps there is balance?

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