Residents of yet another town are ditching plastic bags, as a ban on their use in stores in Southhampton, New York, takes effect today. The ban was passed in April with widespread support; the law's violation carries a fine of up to $1,000. The goal is to encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags to the store with them.380 billion plastic bags a year, only ten percent of those are ever recycled. The rest end up in landfills or in the ocean, contributing to the ever growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Southhampton, NY Says Goodbye to Plastic Bags
Another American city has ditched plastic bags, encouraging shoppers to reduce waste.