New York has always been a model for the rest of the world. Today, the city passed an unprecedented bill that we are hoping will serve as a catalyst for change throughout our world. The bill requires any store with more than 5,000 square feel to come up with an in-store recycling program for plastic bags. They will have to set up bins where their customers can bring not only their own bags, but any plastic bag back to drop off for recycling. The stores must also offer cloth bags for sale. The bill passed by 44 to 2, with the full support of Mayor Bloomberg of course. It seems like this will be a win-win situation. Not only will the stores be helping the environment, they may actually be able to make money off of the program by reselling plastic to the secondary market (where there is a huge demand for it).
There will be 2,000 stores participating in the new program at the start, and even if 20 to 30 percent of customers went along with it, proponents say it will make a huge difference. We have full faith in the citizens of New York to pave the way for what will no doubt be a common law in all 50 states in the next couple of years.