It’s not the outright ban on plastic bags that some officials had sought in the past, but come Jan. 1, a bill that Suffolk County passed in 2016 will take effect — and you’ll pay a nickel for every non-reusable paper or plastic shopping bag provided by a store. Shoppers can avoid the fee by bringing their own reusable bags. READ
A new Suffolk County law requiring retailers to charge 5 cents for each paper or plastic bag they provide to shoppers has local residents and lawmakers offering up a wide range of opinions.
Suffolk County legislators were considering pulling the trigger on a single-use plastic bag ban. But then, at a May 5 meeting in Riverhead, they stepped back to reload. READ
Suffolk County residents hopeful for a decision regarding a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags at retail stores across the county will have to keep waiting. READ
There could soon be a vote by the Suffolk County Legislature on a bill to ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags county-wide.
The debate over whether Riverhead and Southold towns should ban single-use plastic bags may soon be over. READ
In the years since the Suffolk County Legislature last discussed, then dropped, the idea of banning single-use plastic bags, here are some things legislators have chosen to take action on:
Will recent bans on single-use plastic bag in Southampton and East Hampton towns inspire more local municipalities — including those on the North Fork — to follow suit?
Probably not, it seems.