ALBANY, N.Y. (June 5, 2:35 p.m. ET) — A bill in the New York Assembly would expand the number of stores that would be legally required to have an in-store recycling program for plastic bags.
Assembly Bill 10442 would amend the state's Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Law, enacted in 2008.
The law forces retail establishments of more than 10,000 square feet to have a plastic bag recycling program. The amendment would add a provision to include stores of more than 5,000 square feet if they are in a city of more than 1 million residents. New York City is the only city that meets that threshold.
The law was proposed by Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, a Democrat who represents a section of New York City.