Earth Day 2019 : For this earth day, ‘We’re seeing society change right before our eyes’

Plastic bans are having a moment here on Long Island and in New York. Bags, straws, stirrers and Styrofoam — even intentionally releasing balloons — all have been targeted in recent months by lawmakers aiming to reduce plastic usage. Powered by open consideration of garbage patches in the Pacific Ocean, dead whales with plastic in their stomachs and video of a turtle getting a straw expelled from its nose, plastic bans have spread all through the nation and globally. Long Island governments and New York State have now joined in.…

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