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In upstate New York, the Democrat & Chronicle reports that Wegmans has come out fighting against a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would ban most single-use, film plastic bags from being handed out by the state’s supermarkets and convenience stores.

According to the story, Cuomo argues that “the blight of plastic bags takes a devastating toll on our streets, our water and our natural resources, and we need to take action to protect our environment.

But in its own statement, “Wegmans said: ‘It has long been Wegmans’ position that unintended consequences come from banning anything,’ adding that a statewide plastic-bag ban would ‘likely lead to an increase in the use of paper bags, which is not what’s best for the environment. Paper bags are heavier and take up more space; it takes seven tractor trailers to transport the same number of paper bags as plastic bags carried by one tractor trailer. It also takes about 90 percent more resources and energy to make and recycle paper compared to plastic’.”

The story notes that “environmental groups' reaction to Cuomo's new bill has been mixed. Some have pushed him to supplement a ban on plastic bags with a fee on paper bags to encourage people to use reusable bags.”
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