Larchmont, NY Bans Plastic Bags

Larchmont, NY Bans Plastic Bags

Encourages Reusable Bags
Larchmont, NY, March 22, 2013 (PBBR) - On March 19, 2013, the Village of Larchmont, NY joined two other Westchester County towns to regulate single-use plastic bags.

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Larchmont passed Local Law 1-2013, a local law to encourage the use of reusable checkout bags and prohibit the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods.

The law simply states: "Any person engaged in retail sales shall provide only reusable bags and/or recyclable paper bags as checkout bags to customers".

Effective Date
This ordinance specifically states the effective date, October 1, 2013, instead of the usual "effective six months from date of passage". The Board set this date in order to allow the retailers time to dispose of their inventory of plastic bags and replace with an inventory of recyclable bags and reusable bags.

Westchester County, NY
With this ordinance, Larchmont becomes the third municipality in the County of Westchester, New York to ban the distribution of plastic bags at checkout in retailer shops. The city of Rye, NY became the first in December of 2011 followed by the Village of Mamaroneck, NY in July of 2012.

Westchester County is located just north of New York City and is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. Learn more about Westchester County, NY by logging into www3.westchestergov.com.