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Source: Mid-Hudson News Network

Larchmont village bans plastic bags

Posted: March 21, 2013
Originally Published: March 21, 2013

LARCHMONT – The Village Board in Larchmont has voted to ban the use of plastic bags in stores and mandated the use of reusable bags and paper bags produced from recycled materials.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment praised the ban. “Plastic bags are environmentally harmful and completely unnecessary,” said Jordan Christensen, the environmental group’s Hudson Valley program coordinator. “This law will prevent the use of tens of thousands of plastic bags each year, which pollute Westchester’s parks and beaches and damage the Long Island Sound,” she said.

The Village of Mamaroneck and City of Rye have also banned the use of plastic bags in stores.

The Larchmont vote “represents a significant step towards protecting the environment and promoting Bring Your Own Bag behavior,” Christensen said.