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Source: Long Island Press

Southampton Village Bans Plastic Bags

BY TIMOTHY BOLGER

Posted: April 28, 2011
Originally Published: April 28, 2011

The Village of Southampton has passed a measure prohibiting retailers from using non-biodegradable bags —a move that is believed to be the first of its kind in New York State.

The board voted 5-0 for the ban, which gives merchants six months to start using recycled paper or reusable bags. Violators face a $1,000 fine and up to 14 days in jail.

“It is the responsibility of beachfront communities such as this one to prevent plastic pollution from entering our beaches, estuaries, and oceans,” Tara Bono, Long Island program coordinator for the nonprofit Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said in a statement of support.

The group said a similar ban exists in Westport, Conn.

The village said plastic bags pose a danger to marine and avian life and frequently are found littering public places.