Words such as “crisis” and “urgent” often lose their currency when public officials spend them as freely as sailors on sprees.
But credit Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty — chairman of the East End Supervisors and Mayors Association — for pursuing an end to a fully realized crisis confronting the region’s future in the form of polluted groundwater and the waters that surround us. (more…)
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…)