City Hall wants to charge 6 cents every time New Yorkers request a plastic bag at the checkout line. This measure could potentially raise revenue for the City; but it doesn't make sense to many of us because we simply can't ween ourselves off of them.
Excuse 1. Many pedestrians in NYC struggle to carry empty reusable bags around town.
Excuse 2. It's a mindless oversight that can be altered through behavioral reconditioning.
Excuse 3. If consumers cannot collect them for free, they will have to purchase them for disposing trash.
But as a NY Times article suggests, plastic bags are often recycled for collecting human/pet waste, but until bio-degradable bags reach the marketplace they will continue to clutter our landfill space. Until then, the cabinet under my kitchen sink and two desk draws at work will remain packed with them, ready for reuse.