Catskill Mountainkeeper says Governor Cuomo’s plastic bag ban while “nearly perfect,” has potential to replace one problem with another.

The environmental nonprofit group is calling on the Governor to include language that would place a fee on other single-use bags.

In a statement Monday, Katherine Nadeau, Deputy Director at Catskill Mountainkeeper, said, “Plastic pollution poisons our environment. Governor Cuomo’s commitment to banning plastic bags and expanding the Bottle Bill puts our state on the path to protect wildlife and water quality while addressing an ongoing litter issue. But if New York bans single use plastic bags without putting a fee on other single use bags, we’d be bunting when we need a grand slam.”

The group notes the bulk of refuse collected in roadside cleanups is plastic.

On a similar note, they called the bottle bill expansion “spot-on.”

“While drink bottles without a five-cent deposit litter our roadways and hiking trails, we rarely find redeemable bottles. Applying the five-cent deposit to additional beverages will help prevent litter, and is exactly what the Catskills need. We applaud Governor Cuomo’s commitment to expanding our bottle redemption laws.”

The Governor will deliver his combined 2019 state of the state budget at 2p.m. later today.