Lawmaker looks to bring plastic bag ban to Westchester County

Posted: Updated:
WESTCHESTER -

As Ulster County has passed a plastic bag ban, Westchester County could be next in the near future.

Several municipalities within Westchester have banned single-use plastic bags at grocery stores, including Hastings-on-Hudson and Rye.

But there is a push for the entire county to instill a ban. Last April, Legislator Kitley Covill co-sponsored a bill to ban single-use plastic bags.

That bill is currently in committee, but Covill is hopeful it could be taken up by the Board of Legislators by the end of the legislative session.

This comes as Ulster County lawmakers passed the BYOBag Act, banning single-use plastic bags at grocery and department stores beginning next summer.

Ulster become the first county in the state to prohibit stores from even supplying plastic bags. Paper bags will come with a 5-cent fee.

Covill says her proposal won't make complete change in plastic pollution. She says it will take a change in behavior to successfully make the switch to reusable bags.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."