Plastic bags are banned in New York state as of March 1, meaning stores won’t be carrying them for customers to take their items home. To help New Yorkers prep for the ban, some local politicians are holding bag giveaway events in the coming days.
Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal will be in Verdi Square at 72nd and Broadway on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon to educate people and hand out reusable bags. She’ll be joined by environmental groups and others to answer questions about the ban. If it rains, then twill be held at Rosenthal’s office, 230 West 72nd Street.
Council Member Helen Rosenthal and Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell will hold another bag giveaway on March 7 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m? outside the 96th Street subway station at Broadway. “The Department of Sanitation will be there to also answer questions about setting up a composting program in your building.”
The Department of Sanitation will also send you a bag in the mail if you “pledge zero waste.”