At the Curb, an Exercise in Confusion

Problems with plastic

New York residents use 23 billion plastic bags annually.

• A significant number of these bags make their way into the environment, causing litter and damaging wildlife.

• The bags do not biodegrade and they persist for years.

• The New York City Department of Sanitation currently estimates that it collects an average of 1,700 tons of plastic bags per week, costing $12.5 million per year in disposal expenses.