by Eddie Velazquez, The Palladium-Times

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OSWEGO — A proposed ban on plastic bags announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo aims to combat pollution amid reports that plastic waste poses a serious threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem.

The measure would target single-use plastic bags, suggesting that bags commonly used in the retail world would be under much greater regulatory control.

Plastic bags are currently regulated under standards set by the state Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Law of 2009. The policy has been amended during Cuomo’s time in office.

A  proposed bill to outlaw single-use plastic bags that ultimately failed last year

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