Pleasantville will hold Jan. 22 public hearing on proposal to ban single-use plastic shopping bags

PLEASANTVILLE – The village Board of Trustees will hold a Jan. 22 public hearing on a proposal to ban single-use plastic shopping bags that‘s meant to encourage people to carry out their store goods in reusable bags.

“The intent of this ordinance is to improve the environment in Pleasantville by encouraging the use of reusable checkout bags,” Retailers would be encouraged to make reusable bags available for sale.

The plastic bags “are discarded into the environment and end up polluting our waterways, clogging sewers, endangering marine life and causing unsightly litter” and the bags “can take hundreds of years to decompose. As plastic breaks down, the particles contaminate the soil and water and eventually end up in our food chain.”

If someone needed to purchase the reusable bag, the proposal is for the cost for one available in stores be a minimum of 25 cents. If someone did not use the reusable bags, the proposal says, recyclable paper carryout bags would continue to be available, for 5 cents each. 

Customers, under the proposal, would have to be informed verbally beforehand in a store that there is a cost for bags.

The proposal allows stores to provide the reusable bags at no cost when part of a store promotional program that can be a maximum of six months during the first year the bag ordinance is in effect.

The proposed change does not apply to bags that are used for things such as wrapping frozen meat and fish, flowers, unwrapped prepared and bakery goods.

If enacted, the proposal says, the change would go into effects six months after approval.

New Castle officials in 2016 approved a reusable shopping bag law by prohibiting single-use plastic bags in various groceries and markets. The New Castle law allows paper bags, but they are available for 10 cents each in stores — customers there who ask for a paper bag must be told there is a charge. 

 

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