A New Yorker visiting our blog just sent this bulletin:
"The [New York] City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring large stores and retail chains to collect and recycle plastic bags they give to shoppers...."
Under the new law "The Department of Sanitation, which picks up plastic bottles, cans and newspapers, will not collect the bags. Stores will have to contract to have them removed, most likely by companies that will recycle them into new plastic bags or buy them to make into other products, such as weatherproof decking."
Congratulations, Big Apple. Now keep an eye on where the bags go for recycling. Require retailers to show that your bags won't become problems in someone else's backyard. Who ever said it would be easy being green...