Are we ready for the death of the plastic bag?
BY KYLE VUILLE
The plastic bag ban might not be
on everyone’s immediate stream of
thought at the moment, but on March
1, it will affect all New Yorkers.
I think it’s hard for New Yorkers
to conceptualize the plastic bag ban
because the bags have just become
another part of the ‘scenery’ of New
There are very few places within
the city where you don’t see a plastic
bag fl oating through the air.
I hope that everyone will encourage
such an action because who
doesn’t want to help the environment?
It seems more common than ever
to see people using their own bags at
the grocery store in this eco-friendly
day and age anyways.
In the past couple years, I’ve seen
clusters of Aldi (German based company)
grocery stores pop up all across
They do not offer plastic bags for
free - you have to pay 10 cents a bag
- so if you forget your own bags at
home, they had a costly option.
Other grocery stores like Whole
Foods and Trader Joe’s joined the
plastic-free commitment early on.
I think like many things in life,
there will be a learning curve.
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At the moment, NYC Department
of Sanitation as well as individual
civic groups are handing out reusable
grocery tote bags.
New York state law considers a bag
‘reusable’ if the bag is capable of carrying
22 lbs. over 175 feet (minimum)
for 125 uses. The bag must be made
of cloth or other machine washable
fabric or a durable plastic at least 10
For reference, 10 mils would be the
equivalent of thickness of 10 sheets of
paper. The plastic bags being phased
out are .5 mils thick.
From my understanding, the ban
will be lenient at fi rst because it will
take time to phase out the already existing
plastic bag supplies that stores
currently have in stock.
Some folks may be asking themselves
“what am I going to scoop up
my dog’s waste with?”
One of my co-workers, who relies
on public transportation, questioned
if the new paper bags will have handles
like the plastic ones, to carry
A lot of the issues and questions
coming from the discussion seem
trivial, but old habits die fast.
Better be safe than sorry, keep a
bag on you just in case.
Customer stands in front of FINE FARE on E. Tremont Ave. in Throggs Neck. The plastic bag
ban will become effective March 1st. Photo by Kyle Vuille
Bronx Times launches new
redesigned website layout
BY STEVEN GOODSTEIN
Come visit our new website! The
Bronx Times website is on Word-
As of Monday, February 24, the
Bronx Times and Bronx Times Reporter
is now offi cally being run
through the WordPress open-source
content management system.
The new website features a new,
user friendly layout which provides
viewers with access to online stories,
digital editions, a newsletter subscription
section, a public calendar including
community events and categories
including local news, sports, education,
real estate, arts, crime and more.
“With our newly redesigned and
revamped website, we, as well as our
readers, are keeping up with the digital
age,” said Bronx Times publisher
Laura Guerriero. “We are excited to
take the next step by expanding our
online presence with the launching of
this new website.”
“The Bronx Times and Bronx
Times Reporter are the most trusted
source of local news in the borough,”
said Schneps Media CEO and co-publisher
Joshua Schneps. “The new website,
bxtimes.com, offers the most upto
New layout of the Bronx Times website.
Schneps Media/File photo
date technology with a clean design
and easy navigation.”
“We encourage you to visit our website,
signup for our email newsletters
and follow us across our social media
channels,” Schneps added. “We are
dedicated to informing residents with
quality content that can be accessed
across all platforms, and we hope you
enjoy the new site and welcome all
your feedback and story ideas.”
As of the date of the new website
launch, the Bronx Times website already
had 20,000 unique visits and
over 60,000 page views each week.