Albany, NY —  January 14, 2019– Governor Cuomo’s inclusion of a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the Executive Budget is a move that ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) fully supports.

“Plastic bags have an unnecessary impact on the environment. Birds, fish, and other aquatic species mistake plastic bag litter for food ingesting this toxic debris which causes sickness or death in tens of thousands of animals. The toxins are also transferred through the food chain to larger species. Plastic bags take many years to decompose so they become persistent debris on our public lands and in our waterways. Governor Cuomo’s plastic bag ban is a necessary step in changing the behavior of individuals and businesses to stop this completely avoidable environmental impact,” said Neil Woodworth, ADK Executive Director.

Governor Cuomo is also proposing to expand the bottle bill to include almost all non-alcoholic containers. The expansion of the 5-cent redemption would add containers for sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit and vegetable drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffee to the list of those that can be redeemed. ADK plans to advocate for any unredeemed deposits from the bottle bill expansion to be directed to the Environmental Protection Fund.

“Expanding the bottle bill makes sense and is likely to provide additional funding for public lands in New York State. We need to recycle and reuse our resources responsibly and carefully. Governor Cuomo’s expansion of the successful bottle bill is a step in the right direction,” said Neil Woodworth, ADK Executive Director.