Lawmaker looks to bring plastic bag ban to Westchester CountyPosted: Updated:
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.