Southampton Village Bans Plastic 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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