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Source: The Journal News

Mamaroneck approves ban of plastic bags at stores


Posted: July 30, 2012
Originally Published: July 29, 2012

MAMARONECK — The familiar question — “Paper or plastic?” — will be put to rest in six months for all stores in the village.

The village board last week joined three other municipalities in New York state by passing a resolution aimed at eliminating plastic pollution by banning plastic-bag distribution in stores.

The others are the city of Rye and the villages of Southampton and East Hampton.

“Since these towns are located on Long Island Sound, the pollution problem hit close to home because they are beachfront communities,” said Hudson Valley Program Coordinator Jordan Christensen of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

“Movement came out of the public wanting to reduce plastic litter in beaches and parks and to protect the Sound’s ecosystem,” Christensen said.

Brewer’s Hardware Store in Mamaroneck uses both paper and plastic bags.

“We’ll go along with (the resolution), but we do have customers who ask for plastic bags,” said store manager Tony Lividini. “Maybe 1 percent of the customers ever use reusable bags. Now we’re going to end up using more paper bags, which means more trees being taken down. Whatever (bag) they come home with will end up being thrown away in a plastic garbage bag anyway.”

Customer Liam Leary, 73, of Tuckahoe said plastic bags had advantages and disadvantages.

“It’s good for packing garbage but not so good when they get stuck in trees and are floating in the water,” he said.

The resolution will take effect Jan. 16.