New York State’s ban on most types of single use plastic bags from retail sales will go into effect March 1st, 2020. The Tompkins County legislature is considering a local law to require a 5 cent fee for every paper bag sold. The law and fee are expected to result in a significant decrease of litter and an increase in the use of reusable bags. If you aren’t already, now is the time to start using your own reusable bags! Here are some tips for increasing your reusable bag usage:
Find bags that you actually like.
Washable, self-contained, big, strong, and made of recycled materials are good features to look for. Bonus points if you like how they look.
Take your bags everywhere.
Keep them in your bag, purse, or car, or leave them in a place you’ll remember like by the front door or hanging on the coat rack.
Keep them clean.
Wash your bags regularly by including them in your laundry so that they stay clean and usable.
Put them back.
Once you unload your groceries, put your bags back so you’ll find them next time.
Remember, reusable bags conserve resources and reduce waste and litter. The environment and your wallet will thank you.