Legislators in New York state have approved a state-wide ban on most single-use retail retail bags, changing the way millions of New Yorkers live as legislators seek to tackle the rubbish crisis, the US media reported.
The plan, proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo a year ago, will be the second state-level ban after California, which banned the bags in 2016. Hawaii also has an effective ban, as all state counties prevent these disposable plastic bags.
The New York ban, which begins in March, will prevent shops from providing customers with disposable plastic bags, which can not be decomposed and damaged to a large extent in destroying wildlife and thwarting recycling efforts.
The European Parliament voted to ban single-use plastics as part of measures to reduce the impact of climate change.