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
Hang on to those nickels and dimes that slide their way under the couch cushions. In 2018, they’ll come in handy at the grocery store.
A new Suffolk County law requiring retailers to charge 5 cents for each paper or plastic bag they provide to shoppers has local residents and lawmakers offering up a wide range of opinions.
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
The debate over whether Riverhead and Southold towns should ban single-use plastic bags may soon be over. 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.
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
To the editor:
The plastic ban proposal should not happen. What it all comes down to is basic socio-economic status. How can individual towns force citizens to buy bags? (more…)
Supervisor Scott Russell addressed the North Fork Chamber of Commerce during its meeting Friday. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
Addressing members of the business community Friday, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said the town is keeping commerce in mind as it crafts new policy.
Mr. Russell pitched ideas while also requesting input on legislation from the business community during the North Fork Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting at Six Three One in Southold.