New York is making its way toward banning plastic bags and other reusable items, following a wave of public outcry.
The city announced Wednesday that it would ban plastic shopping bags and plastic grocery bags starting July 1, and will charge a $1.99 fee for reusable bags, which would go toward the city’s recycling program.
The fee will go toward recycling the bags and replacing them with reusable bags.
The ban is the latest move in a sweeping effort to tackle the problem of trash and recycling in New York.
In January, New York banned all plastic bags, plastic grocery bag and disposable cups in restaurants and bars, and is working on a similar ban for restaurants.