Village of Mamaroneck, NY Bans Plastic Bags

Village of Mamaroneck, NY Bans Plastic Bags

Bags Banned At All Retailers | Plastic Bag Ban Report
Village of Mamaroneck, NY, July 21, 2012 (PBBR) - On Monday, July 16, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mamaroneck voted unanimously to adopt Local Law F banning plastic bags at all retailers.

Local Law F, entitled "Retail Checkout Bags", will be added to the Village Code to encourage the use of reusable checkout bags and prohibit the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods.

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

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Cover photo: Intersection of Mamaroneck Avenue and the Boston Post Road in Village of Mamaroneck. Author: Haon.
The law specifically defines:

  • CHECKOUT BAG - a carryout bag that is provided to a customer at the point of sale. The termmn"checkout bag" does not include plastic produce bags, garment bags, or plastic bags measuring 28" by 36" or larger in size.
  • RETAIL SALES - the transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, sidewalk sales, farmers' markets, flea markets and restaurants. The term "retail sales" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, and other sales by residents at their home.
  • RECYCLABLE PAPER BAG - a paper bag that should have the following characteristics: (1) contains no old growth fiber; (2) is 100% recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post consumer recycled content; and (3) displays the words "Reusable" and "Recyclable" on the outside of the bag.
  • REUSABLE BAG - a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is: (1) made of cloth or other fabric; and/or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick.

The "Retail Checkout Bag" law will take effect in six months.

Village of Mamaroneck
The Village of Mamaroneck is actually a part of the city of Rye, New York. The city of Rye passed a plastic bag ban in December, 2011.

The Village sits alongside the Mamaroneck River and the Long Island Sound in Westchester County, New York.