Southampton Village Bans Plastic Bags

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Long Island village has passed a measure prohibiting retailers from using non-biodegradable bags.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs: Residents Support It

The Southampton Village board voted 5-0 for the ban.

Merchants have six months to start using paper or reusable bags.

Violators face a $1,000 fine and up to 14 days in jail.

The nonprofit Citizens Campaign for the Environment says Southampton is the first New York state municipality to implement a ban on plastic bags. It says a similar ban exists in Westport, Conn.

The village said plastic bags pose a danger to marine and avian life and frequently are found littering public places.

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  • Mary Guss

    Hey proester–exactly!! you KNOW they buy plastic garbage bags and put all their plastic plates and forks in those plastic bags after they plan a party at the plastic surgeon and then pay for it all with plastic!!!!!!

  • protester

    What about garbage bags?

  • kendra

    i am so glad that some1 is taking a stance on the plastic bag issue cause i think its harmin the evironment and maken iut bad for the sea animals isn,t it?

  • DaQuan Williams

    They should also outlaw flatulence. It is a noxious carbon-infused emission.

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