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Mamaroneck Postpones Vote on Plastic Bags Ban

MAMARONECK, NY – Plastic bags will remain legal in retail stores in the Village of Mamaroneck until at least June 25, when the Board of Trustees meets again. The vote was delayed Monday due to a paperwork error on the village’s website and requests for further discussion from Mayor Norman S. Rosenblum.

“The law that was posted is an old law, so that people who were looking at the agenda and at what we were going to do tonight saw not the current law, but an old law, so it’s really not fair to have that vote tonight,” board Trustee Toni Pergola Ryan said at Monday's meeting.

The proposed law would ban the use of plastic bags by retail stores in the village. The law would not apply to any residential sale, such as a yard or tag sale. Not-for-profit organizations are also exempt from the law, which is another reason Rosenblum wanted to postpone the vote.

“I would still like to know why not-for-profit corporations would be exempt from this law. If in fact, and I believe the whole board agrees, there is a reason this whole plastic bag ban exists, and there is no difference between a not-for-profit corporation and a for-profit corporation,” Rosenblum said.

Rosenblum also felt that placing specifications on the types of paper bags stores would be allowed to use would be a financial burden to store owners in the village.

The proposed law currently states that each store may only make available reusable bags or recyclable paper bags. The paper bags must meet three criteria. Each bag must contain no old growth fiber, is 100 percent recyclable and contain a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, and also displays the words “reusable” or “recyclable” on the outside of the bag.

“I think it becomes punitive when you are banning one vehicle, so to say, or storage or carrying unit, plastic bag, and then turning around and making it punitive on the remaining paper bag,” he said.

The board will discuss the proposed law at the June 18 work session and vote at the June 25 Board of Trustees meeting.

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