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For immediate release:
Monday, April 1, 2013
For more information contact:
Jordan Christensen, Hudson Valley Program Coordinator, 914-358-9840, 516-225-3923 (mobile), jchristensen@citizenscampaign.org


Village Ban Takes Effect Today

Village of Mamaroneck, NY— As of today, no more disposable plastic bags will be available at check-out counters in the Village of Mamaroneck. After passing a ban on plastic bags and non-recyclable paper bags last summer, the Village of Mamaroneck has worked to prepare businesses and residents for the implementation of this ban by promoting reusable bag use. Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) applauds the Village of Mamaroneck for having passed this resolution in an effort to decrease plastic pollution in the Long Island Sound community, and for working to make sure the ban would be implemented successfully over the course of the last six months.

“Plastic bags are a relic of the past. New Yorkers are joining together to be more environmental responsible and replacing plastic with reusable bags. Since the Village of Mamaroneck passed the disposable bag ban this summer, we have seen more people with reusable bags and more stores promoting BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) behavior, which goes a long way towards protecting local waterways and open spaces,” stated Jordan Christensen, CCE Hudson Valley Program Coordinator.

Plastic bags pollute beaches, parks, streams, and roadways; clog storm drains, and kill wildlife. The Village of Mamaroneck joins a growing movement of municipalities in the region that have implemented plastic bag bans, including the City of Rye, Village of Southampton, and Village of East Hampton.

“Plastic bag bans have proven successful in every municipality where it has been enacted, by decreasing plastic litter and increasing the use of reusable bags. The success of Mamaroneck Village and others set an example for communities like Larchmont, whose ban on plastic bags will be implemented in 6 months, as well as Tuckahoe, the Town of Mamaroneck, and North Castle, who are currently working to pass legislation banning disposable bags,” concluded Ms. Christensen.


Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by jchristensen  4/1/13