Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Sullivan latest county to consider “banning the bag”

MONTICELLO – Ulster County recently enacted a limited ban on plastic shopping bags.  Now, neighboring Sullivan is considering a ban.

During Tuesday's County Legislature Parks, Agriculture and Sustainability Policy Committee meeting, County Manager Joshua Potosek noted that several months ago, the county sent a letter of support to the state Senate and Assembly, which were considering statewide restrictions.

“It failed to get enacted so we’re back here to talk to you about does the legislature want us research options and come back with some recommendations.”

Potosek said the first step is to bring local retailers into the loop.

“Have to talk to, obviously, there are grocery stores and how it impacts them; have a dialog with them about how this would affect their businesses.”

Potosek said they will look at the Ulster model, and others, and whether plastic straws should be part of Sullivan's law.  He hopes to have a recommendation for the legislature to consider perhaps by the end of the year.

Several legislators indicated they would support some restriction on non-recyclable plastic bags.

 


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