East Hampton, Southhampton ban plastic bags

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EAST HAMPTON, Long Island (AP) — Two townships in New York’s tony Hamptons have banned some plastic checkout bags, joining a number of communities nationwide and the state of California.

Newsday says the Southampton and East Hampton town boards passed measures Thursday against what are known as single-use plastic bags. They’re the thin ones often used for drugstore and grocery purchases.

Southampton’s ban takes effect April 22, and East Hampton’s on Sept. 22. Within the towns, Southampton and East Hampton villages passed their own bans in 2011.

Advocates say the bags often end up as litter and can kill marine animals and birds that ingest them.

But Southampton Town Councilwoman Christine Scalera called the ban an example of “overreaching government.” She says the towns should keep focusing on encouraging people to carry reusable bags voluntarily.

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