Rye, New York, to ban plastic bags at checkout counters, effective May 7, 2012; dry-cleaning bags, larger, more durable bags will still be allowed

RYE, New York , December 9, 2011 () – Rye will become the first Westchester County community to implement a local law banning plastic bags at checkout counters.

Retailers there will be barred from handing out thin plastic bags starting May 7. Dry-cleaning bags and larger, more durable plastic bags will still be allowed.

The Journal News (http://lohud.us/rvZIOT ) says Rye's city council approved the ordinance this week. It's modeled on a 3-year-old policy in Westport, Conn.

Two other communities in Westchester are considering bans: Mamaroneck (muh-MEHR'-uh-nehk) and White Plains.

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