Something to think about while you’re getting into holiday shopping mode: Could you get by without plastic bags if you had to?
Rye is considering a ban that would stop retailers from using the ubiquitous plastic checkout bags that are hard to recycle and too flimsy to reuse. Larger, more durable plastic bags would still be allowed. So would the small plastic bags used for produce. The proposed ordinance is modeled on a three-year-old policy in Westport, Conn., and supported by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. It would be the first law of its kind in Westchester County.
Here’s the full story on LoHud.com. And you can watch Rye’s Nov. 16 public hearing, with a very detailed presentation and discussion, on this city website. Rye officials will discuss the idea again Dec. 7. If the law is passed, retailers will have a six-month grace period to learn about the ban and use up their inventory of bags.
Let us know what you think of the idea.