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Posted on: April 21, 2015

Effective Earth Day (April 22): Town of Southampton Bans Plastic Bags


MEDIA EVENT – April 22 @ 10:30 A.M.

Effective Earth Day (April 22):
Town of Southampton Bans Plastic Bags

The Town of Southampton’s local law banning the distribution of single-use plastic bags will take effect on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, in what is a major step towards the elimination of single-use plastic bags across the entire South Fork and all of “The Hamptons.”  Shoppers will instead be urged to bring their own reusable bags, or offered recyclable or reusable paper bags.

“Remarkably, we are among the first municipalities in New York State to implement a plastic-bag ban, but we are proud to help lead the way in eliminating one of the most common and lasting form of litter,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst who lobbied neighboring municipalities to join with the Town in eliminating the bags.

On the same day, similar bans in the Villages of Quogue and Sagaponack will take effect.
And the reach of the habit-changing legislation will soon spread further east as the Village of Sag Harbor’s ban on the same plastic bags will go into effect on June 1, followed shortly thereafter by the Town of East Hampton, which includes the famous hamlets of Montauk, Amagansett and Wainscott, on September 1. 
“More than two million plastic bags are used each year in Southampton Town alone,” said Councilman Brad Bender.  “But I’ve never seen a paper bag stuck in a tree,” he said.

WHO:  Town officials and constituents

WHAT: Group remarks and distribution of Town-sponsored reusable bags to residents/shoppers

WHERE:  Hampton Bays Senior Center in the King Kullen Shopping Center 
 25 Ponquogue Ave, Hampton Bays, NY 11946 -- Meet at the parking lot entrance.
WHEN:  Wednesday 4/22 @ 10:30 a.m.


Jennifer Garvey
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of the Supervisor
Town of Southampton
(631) 283-6055

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