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Bag Ban Bothers Grocers


Did you see where the association representing grocers at Stop and Shop (correction) thinks the new local plastic bag bans that have either been enacted or are on the way, are unconstitutional? A spokesman claims the  ban “ rests on false, exaggerated and uncorroborated claims.”

The Town of Mamaroneck Board is weighing whether or not to provide an Environmental Impact Statement.

What do you think?


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May 1, 2013 10:29 AM

Noted. Thanks Bill

May 1, 2013 10:20 AM

It is not the Union representing the employees that opposes the ban; it is an association of grocers, the employers that operate the stores. Please issue a correction.

April 30, 2013 12:19 PM

Excellent “lawyering” by Food Industry Alliance! Town needs to learn a thing or two about how it acts as now its been shown it will be held responsible.

Time for every little hinky-dink government to get out of the role of parenting. There are places for government intervention in the free-market system. Quite appropriate that the attempt to tell merchants what kind of bag can’t be used in a locality is being recycled. There are better solutions, the state has provided one and that should be modified if proven to be necessary.

Collect taxes/fees for costs imposed/services provided, hold individuals responsible for their actions, and get out of the way.

April 30, 2013 11:10 AM

I’m all for banning plastic bags, but I can understand how it could be a problem for grocers, especially large grocers, who are allowed the use of plastic bags in some locales, but not others. But here’s the thing, if they would only promote a program to somehow use FEWER plastic bags. I mean, do they really need to double-bag as often as they do? Is there a logical reason for putting things like a six pack of drinks or a gallon jug of bleach in a plastic bag? And what’s up when they use a whole bag for a solitary item? What they need to do is train their baggers to think before they bag something. Everything doesn’t need to be bagged, and double bagging is, nine times out of ten, just a waste of bags – and money, and fossil fuel. Why can’t we go back to leaving it up to the shopper whether to use paper or plastic (or cloth)?

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