Can NY Bag Plastic Habit?
City Council members push bill for grocery sack recycling
By Asta Hostetter,  Newser User
Posted Oct 30, 2007 5:32 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Now that conservation is chic, is it time for New York City to launch an East Coast trend? City Council members have introduced a bill that would require grocery stores to collect and recycle plastic bags that would be printed with the message: “Please return this bag to a participating store for recycling," reports the New York Times.

The bill has drawn a tepid response from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is opposed by grocers. The US tears through an estimated 100 billion plastic bags a year. Some 90% of all grocery store bags are plastic. San Francisco already bans bags that aren't biodegradable, and California and Rhode Island have established plastic bag recycling systems.