Plastic Bag Ban in Mamaroneck Starts Dec. 1

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

Starting December 1, 2019, a ban on single-use, carryout plastic bags, and a 5-cent fee for paper bags distributed at check-out by retailers and other business in the Town of Mamaroneck, will go into effect.

The Town Board passed the “Mamaroneck Bag Waste Reduction Law” in advance of the New York State law, which is expected to become effective March 1, 2020.

Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson with Nola (left),Juliette (Right ), student winners of design contest for reusable bags.

Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson explains, “As a NYS-designated Climate Smart Community, we recognize that the ban on single-use plastic bags is essential to the well-being of a sustainable community. We appreciate the cooperation of residents and businesses as we make a smooth transition to reusable bags.”

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Making a transition to reusable bags will reduce pollution and ease factors impacting climate change, according to a report by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Statewide, New Yorkers use about 23 billion plastic bags every year.

Other communities in Westchester County and elsewhere across New York State have implemented similar single-use plastic bag rules. Hastings-on-Hudson, New Castle, Rye, and Rye Brook already have bag laws on the books. Studies show that mandating a fee on paper bags encourages the use of reusable bags and store managers have not reported customer declines as a result of the ban.

Some businesses and consumers will be exempt from the Mamaroneck ban. Restaurants will be permitted to offer plastic bags for take-out food. No charges will apply to bags used for fish, meat and produce, dry cleaning, and prescription medication. Reside