MAMARONECK–Mamaroneck Village Trustees this week finally and officially banned the distribution of plastic bags in stores, mandating the use of reusable bags and paper bags produced of recycled materials.
“(This) will substantially increase reusable bag use among residents, and 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,” said Jordan Christensen of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
The CCE helped lead similar efforts in Rye, and the villages of Southampton, NY and East Hampton, NY.
The new law does not include clear produce bags, garment bags or bags measuring larger than 28 by 29 inches.
According to the ordinance, “A ‘recyclable paper bag’ must contain no old-growth fiber, be 100 percent recyclable, contain a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled content and have the words “reusable” and “recyclable” on the outside of the bag. A reusable bag is considered a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses. This bag can be made out of cloth, fabric or plastic, if it is at least 2.25 mils thick.”
Violators will be subject to penalties.