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POLL: Should Brewster/Southeast Enact a Plastic Bag Ban?

A Westchester municipality recently banned plastic bags at retailers. Should the Village and/or Town follow suit?

 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.

If you are a Brewster or Southeast resident, please take our poll, and feel free to add any additional information to the comments section below. Thanks for reading!

Ashley Tarr July 17, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Another community in the region is enacting a similar ban: http://patch.com/A-wg6D
TracyD July 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I like the idea, I don't like the idea of a mandate. However, it might be the only thing that gets me to remember my reusable bags. Actually, my husband and I were saying today that we need to make more effort to bring them to the stores because dealing with all the ones we keep and recycle is a pain.
babypotato July 17, 2012 at 09:51 PM
as a single guy, who probably doesn't collect the volume of bags that a family does, I don't want them eliminated. I get up to 4 or more uses from 1 bag, and not having them anymore would just cause the additional expense of buying small garbage bags....I use them to get the groceries home, then as a lunch bag, then to get my tupperwares home from lunch, then as a bathroom garbage bag....... Are they recyclable? if so then there doesn't really seem to be a problem of pollution or waste
Ashley Tarr July 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM
You may be able to find more information on whether they're recyclable here: http://www.plasticbagrecycling.org/plasticbag/index.html.

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