It gives new meaning to the four letter word “tote.” New Yorkers will have to shoulder the burden of bringing their own bags to a vast array of supermarkets and department stores — or pay a 10-cent fee for each and every bag — paper or plastic.
State Sen. Ed Meyer (D-Guilford) wants the state to follow in Westport’s footsteps and ban plastic bags. More than 400 million plastic bags are used and thrown away each year in Connecticut.
The bill would require a surcharge be placed on all carryout bags provided at grocery and retail stores. The same charge would also apply to paper bags.
The amended bill lowers the charge from 15 cents per bag and removes a provision that would have required large retailers to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags they distribute by 75 percent.
The village will be lenient until everyone gets accustomed to the new law then scofflaws will be fined, or even spend 2 weeks in jail.
If you’ve got a bag at home, one county wants you to bring it with you when you shop.