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Source: Port Times Record

Port Jefferson businesses agree to toss plastic bags

Campaign to switch to reusable shopping bags hits village

BY ERIKA KARP

Posted: August 2, 2012
Originally Published: August 1, 2012

The Bring Your Own Bag campaign, which launched this past April, is gaining followers in Port Jefferson.

According to Tara Bono, the program coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, which runs the initiative, 12 businesses in the village signed on to try and kick their plastic bag habit.

"The ultimate goal is to pass legislation to ban plastic bags in the village," Bono said.

The campaign aims to increase education on the negative environmental consequences of disposable plastic bags and persuade businesses and shoppers to replace them with reusable ones.

Port Jefferson Village Mayor Margot Garant said that the village was supportive of the initiative when it met with the CCE about the campaign a number of months ago. Prior to the BYOB initiative, Garant said the village worked with the elementary school PTA's Green Team to collect people's plastic bags and replace them with reusable canvas sacks.

Joan Lukachinski, owner of Boardwalk Games in Port Jefferson, said she signed on to the campaign because it was good for the environment.

"We actually used recycled paper kraft bags," Lukachinski said, referring to a more durable, designer version of the classic paper bag. "They can be reused as a gift bag."

Lukachinski isn't the only business owner who uses the recycled kraft bags.

The East End Shirt Company owner Joy Pipe switched over five years ago.

"It does cost a little bit more for paper, but people tend to reuse those more than plastic," she said.

The BYOB campaign has also launched in Huntington and Northport. According to Bono, 25 businesses have pledged in Huntington and the campaign will be heading to Northport next.