Paper of Plastic

| April 27, 2019
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New York recently became the second state to ban plastic bags, joining more than 240 cities and counties that have banned or put a tax on bags since 2007.

The issue is that taxing bag use may be a more effective use of resources than banning them, according to Greg Rosalsky at NPR.

One study of 139 California cities and counties that banned bags indicated that the change led to 40 million fewer pounds of plastic trash per year. But dogs still pooped, and that mini can in the bathroom still needs a liner, and so replacements had to be found: 4-gallon bags saw a 120 percent increase in sales after the ban went into effect, and at the end of the day 30 percent of the plastic eliminated came back in the form of thicker garbage bags, and an estimated 80 million pounds of paper trash per year was further generated.

Taxes on all bags tend to do a better job of steering consumers towards reusable bags.

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