NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the City Council will hear a proposed ordinance that would require a minimum 10-cent citywide tax on paper and plastic grocery bags. A coalition of organizations, including The Black Leadership Action Coalition (BLAC), Teamsters Local 237, the Bodega Association, The Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) and the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) have issued the following statement in opposition to the regressive tax:
"A tax on grocery bags is a bad idea for New York City. New Yorkers already pay among the highest taxes in our country, and a new tax will hurt New York's most vulnerable citizens – low income workers and seniors – while failing to achieve any environmental goals. Plastic bags are 100% recyclable, convenient and highly reused. We believe in a solution based in recycling education rather than banning products or taxing low-income families. We urge New York City lawmakers to focus on recycling and litter prevention efforts that benefit the environment and protect New Yorkers."
The coalition was formed to prevent the bill from passing in an effort to protect New York communities and to promote recycling education programs in NYCHA developments across all five boroughs as an alternative to the regressive tax. The program will demonstrate how recycling is an effective way to keep NYC clean without burdening low-income families and senior citizens. For more information, please visit www.BagtheTaxNYC.com.
Corey Chambliss – (212) 704-4430
SOURCE American Progressive Bag Alliance