Residents say Parks Department Doing Little to Help Keep Trash-filled Great Kills Beach Clean

Some residents of Great Kills say the sandy shoreline behind their homes has been bombarded with trash this summer. []

Beijing Subways Now Accept Trash as Payment

That’s why cities like Beijing have created an incentive to save riders money while preserving the environment. Some stations now offer passengers the ability to pay their way with plastic bottles. [RYOT]

Toxic Rust Tide Hits Long Island’s East End At The Height Of Summer Tourist Season

Rust tide has returned to the east end, with fish killing algae blooms infesting sooner and with greater potency. [CBS New York]

Gas Industry Official Tries to Challenge Fracking Ban

The trustee for a defunct oil-and-gas company is attempting a last-ditch effort to revive a lawsuit challenging hydraulic fracturing bans by local governments in New York. [Poughkeepsie Journal]

And because we have a thing for plastic bag drama, here’s an op-ed against plastic bag legislation, penned by Brad Gerstman, lawyer, lobbyist and co-founder of the New York Association of Grocery Stores…

The City Council’s Plan to Promote E. coli

New York City’s do-gooders are at it again, this time looking to put a 10-cent fee on each plastic bag that stores normally provide to their customers without charge. This isn’t just another burden on the city’s beleaguered small retailers, it’s also a terrible idea for public health. [New York Post]

And here’s Councilman Brad Lander’s response:

Letter to the Editor: Bagging Plastic

Gertsman’s claim that reusable bags “promot[e] E. coli” is based solely on a “study” funded by the American Chemistry Council — the plastic bag-makers’ trade group. [New York Post]