Mamaroneck has become the 80th community in the U.S., and the fourth in the state of New York, to ban single-use carryout plastic bags. It is the 42nd plastic bag ban passed in the U.S. this year.
The ban, approved unanimously July 16 by village trustees, is set to go into effect in mid-January. It will apply to all retail establishments, including restaurants; and vendors at farmers' markets, sidewalk sales and flea markets.
Exempt from the ban are bags for produce, meat and garments, and plastic bags that are 28 inches by 36 inches or larger. Stores can hand out paper bags with a minimum of 40 percent recyclable content, cloth bags and what the village called “durable plastic” reusable bags, if they are at least 21/4-mils thick.
Other communities in New York with bans on plastic bags are Rye, Southampton, and East Hampton.