in Rye—an issue that has elicited mixed reactions from retailers and customers alike.
The law went into effect earlier this week. Instead of using plastic bag, shoppers are now expected to bring their own reusable bags to stores. "Thick" plastic bags that are wider than 2.5 millimeters and considered reusable are also permitted.
Rye is the first municipality in Westchester County to adopt the environmentally-conscious measure after a series of discussions last winter. Rye's City Council voted to adopt and modeled on a similar Connecticut law.
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