Reusable Bag Law Goes Into Effect 12/1/2019
The Town Board passed the "Mamaroneck Bag Waste Reduction Law" on September 18, 2019. The intent of the law is to encourage people to use reusable bags. This initiative will benefit the health, safety and welfare of residents and our environment. The law includes a fee of 5 cents for a paper bag to encourage customers to use their own reusable bags. However, the law doesn’t require those people receiving federal assistance to pay the 5 cent fee for paper bags. The law exempts several non-carryout bags, including those that hold produce, newspapers, bulk food items and bags sold in bulk, such as trash bags. It also exempts plastic bags provided by restaurants for carry-out food. The Town is looking forward to distributing several thousand reusable bags decorated with award winning student designs to residents. This Town law incorporates the new state law that is scheduled to go into effect March 2020.