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Another municipality outlaws disposable plastic bags

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MAMARONECK – Effective Monday, disposable plastic bags will not be available at check-out counters in the Village of Mamaroneck. That municipality joins the City of Rye and Larchmont, all in Westchester County, in banning those bags.  The Towns of Mamaroneck and the Village of Tuckahoe are next to consider outlawing them.

The Citizens Campaign for the Environment lauds the efforts, said Jordan Christensen, the Hudson Valley program coordinator for the organization, who said Long Island communities are also enacting similar legislation.

“It isn’t just our waterways”, Christensen said.  “It’s our parks. They clock our storm drains. They are dangerous for our avian life, so there are lots of reasons for everybody throughout the state to want to pass this type of legislation.”

Throughout the Hudson Valley, supermarkets are offering for sale reusable cloth grocery bags and more and more people are using them.