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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has begun to draw up a new waste disposal master plan.

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     The largest city in western Massachusetts is poised to join a growing list of municipalities banning single-use plastic shopping bags. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs a bill into law banning single use plastic shopping bags in New York State at a ceremony held on Earth Day, Monday April 22, 2019 at Long Island University.
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As Earth Day was celebrated Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that bans single use plastic bags in grocery stores and other retail shops in New York.

    New York, beginning next March, will ban retailers from giving customers single-use plastic shopping bags. Is Massachusetts next?

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A New England supermarket chain says it’s the first company of its kind to ban single use plastic bags at checkout.

Dutchess Legislature Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Dec 10, 2018
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The Dutchess County, New York legislature has approved a ban on plastic shopping bags. Despite the near unanimous vote, there was controversy over one aspect that did not make it into the measure.

      The largest city in western Massachusetts is again considering a ban on single use plastic bags by retailers.   This as a growing number of cities and towns in Massachusetts have enacted plastic bag regulations, but movement toward a statewide ban stalled.

Ulster County Exec Signs Plastic Bag Ban Bill

Oct 20, 2018

In New York, the Ulster County executive has signed a plastic bag ban that will go into effect next summer.

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Volunteers will fan out along the length of the Connecticut River in New England over the next two days September 28th and 29th to collect tons of trash.

Massachusetts lawmakers have decided once again not to enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags by retail stores.

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A western Massachusetts city hopes to encourage its residents to toss away less trash and recycle more household waste.

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The city of Boston has become the latest and by far the largest community in Massachusetts to move toward banning single-use plastic bags in retail stores.

Advocates claim momentum is building for banning disposable plastic bags from retail checkout counters in Massachusetts despite setbacks in the state legislature and in two of the state’s largest cities.

    Environmental activists are lobbying city councilors in Springfield to approve a ban on single-use plastic bags in retail stores in hopes it will lead to a statewide prohibition in Massachusetts.

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Another Berkshires community is attempting to ban businesses from using plastic shopping bags and other items like Styrofoam.

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Come March, stores in Great Barrington, Massachusetts will not be allowed to use the plastic bags retailers have been dishing out for years.

A campaign called Bring Your Own Bag Saratoga, a project from the group Sustainable Saratoga, is reaching out to city government, businesses and members of the public to decrease the use of plastic shopping bags.

The group is hoping to reduce pollution and encourage city residents to shop with reusable bags. Though plastic shopping bags are recyclable, the group claims less than five percent of bags are recycled, and most can only be recycled into other products once. If released into the environment, plastic bags cause harm to birds and marine animals.

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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.