It’s not the outright ban on plastic bags that some officials had sought in the past, but come Jan. 1, a bill that Suffolk County passed in 2016 will take effect — and you’ll pay a nickel for every non-reusable paper or plastic shopping bag provided by a store. Shoppers can avoid the fee by bringing their own reusable bags. READ
Suffolk County legislators were considering pulling the trigger on a single-use plastic bag ban. But then, at a May 5 meeting in Riverhead, they stepped back to reload. READ
Suffolk County residents hopeful for a decision regarding a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags at retail stores across the county will have to keep waiting. READ
There could soon be a vote by the Suffolk County Legislature on a bill to ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags county-wide.
With Suffolk County now discussing a ban on single-use plastic bags, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell and other board members who had declined to take up the issue at the local level voiced support for the countywide legislation. READ
In the years since the Suffolk County Legislature last discussed, then dropped, the idea of banning single-use plastic bags, here are some things legislators have chosen to take action on: READ
Will recent bans on single-use plastic bag in Southampton and East Hampton towns inspire more local municipalities — including those on the North Fork — to follow suit?
Probably not, it seems.
I can certainly appreciate your editorial advocating for the banning of single-use plastic bags.
It’s been 14 months since Southold Town hosted a public forum to debate banning plastic bags across the East End. At the time, the crowd overwhelmingly supported an edict preventing businesses from giving out plastic bags at checkout lines. READ
One year after locals expressed an outpouring of support for a townwide ban on plastic bags, a group of residents at Tuesday’s Southold Town Board meeting had a question: What happened?