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
Recyclable grocery bags such as these would largely replace plastic bags at retail establishments under any local ban. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Update: A discussion on whether to ban local retailers from supplying plastic bags to customers will have to wait another two weeks.
In the absence of Supervisor Scott Russell at Tuesday morning’s board work session, other members decided to skip the agenda item until their next work session to let Mr. Russell weigh in.
The potential move to ban the bags comes at the request of East End Supervisors and Mayors Association members who recently proposed a regional bag ban following the success of a similar policy passed by Southampton Village in 2011.
The board’s next work session is Tuesday, June 17, at 9 a.m. in Town Hall.
Original story: Plastic retail bags could be a thing of the past in Southold under a new proposal aimed at eliminating their use across the East End. (more…)