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Larchmont, NY is the Latest Municipality to Ban Disposable Bags

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On Tuesday, March 19th, the Larchmont Village Board in Westchester County, NY unanimously passed an ordinance banning single-use disposable plastic bags from all checkout counters in the Village. Over the last two years, the Village of Mamaroneck and City of Rye, both located next to Larchmont in Westchester County on the Long Island Sound, had similar bans on plastic bags pass unanimously. This is a growing movement regionally, with Westport, CT, and both Southampton and East Hampton, NY having already implemented bans in an effort to protect the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound.

There are dozens of other communities across New York and Connecticut that are currently working to promote reusable bag use by banning disposable bags at the check-out. These communities are part of a global movement to decrease harmful and unnecessary plastic bag pollution that litters our waterways, harms marine life, clogs storm drains, and wastes natural resources. Bans on plastic bags are becoming more common, with numerous cities, including San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Austin, TX having successfully banned the bag. Recently, Hawaii became the first state in the U.S. to ban bags, and Italy became the first country to do so in 2011. China, Ireland, and Washington D.C. have placed fees on bags with the goal of encouraging people to switch to reusable bags, and New York State is considering placing fee on disposable bags as well. By switching over to cost-effective and environmentally friendly reusable bags, these communities are taking a great step towards reducing disposable bag use and becoming leaders in sustainability. As Larchmont and Mamaronecks’ bag bans go into effect in the coming months, we look forward to seeing the increase in reusable bag use in these Villages, and we look forward to more communities following their example and banning disposable bags.

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