BYOBag Week – Day 4

So maybe you’re wondering why we challenged New Yorkers to #BYOBag this week? 

One of the reasons is to show support for the pending bill in the New York City Council.

Bill number 209-2014 would require New York City stores to charge a minimum of 10 cents for every single-use carryout bag (paper or plastic).

Store owners retain this charge and customers who bring their own bags (like you!) would not be charged.

Food stamps/WIC transactions are also exempt from the charge. NYC would conduct large-scale public education & outreach (kinda like what we’re doing this week), including the wide-spread distribution of free, reusable bags.

The bill has already been introduced and the next step for the bill is set to go before the Sanitation Committee of the City Council, hopefully in the early fall. A Yes vote by at least three of the five Sanitation Committee members would mean that the bill would move forward for a vote by the full City Council later in the session.

For more information about the bill, please visit

Ready to take action? Reach out to your City Council Member and Mayor DeBlasio and let them know you support Bill 209-2014. Not sure who your City Council Member is? Find out here.

Council Members care about what their constituent have to say, so get in touch and make sure to let them know that you live in their district. Personal letters are best, but quick phone calls are good too. Here’s a sample of what to say:

Hi, my name is ___________.
I am a constituent in District _____________.
My home address is _______________.
I am calling to express my support for bill Number 2019-2014, the single-use bag bill.
I request that the Council Member become a co-sponsor of the bill.
I support this bill because______.

Need some extra motivation to take action? Read about a group of 100NYC students who challenged Council Members to support NYC’s bag bill and #BYOBag Week as part of Student Advocacy Day for the Environment.

Are you ready to take the challenge? Sign up below.