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2 Apr 2019 - Drivers traveling into the busiest sections of Manhattan will be subject to a congestion charge starting in 2021 and single-use plastic bags will be banned across New York state in less than a year, under a $175.5bn state budget agreement announced on Sunday by the governor, Andrew Cuomo, and legislative leaders.

Most single-use plastic bags provided by supermarkets and other stores will be banned statewide starting 1 March 2020. Counties will have the option of charging 5 cents for paper bags, with 2 cents going to local governments and 3 cents to the state environmental protection fund.

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The Guardian
Publication Author: 
Associated Press in New York
Thematic Area: 
Marine pollution