Warren County proposes plastic bag ban

August 30, 2018 07:01 PM

The Warren County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags, like those you typically get at a check-out.

In the proposal, legislators say they have a responsibility to protect the natural environment and the health of its citizens and visitors. The partial ban would exclude plastic bags used for take-out food orders, garment bags, food storage bags and plastic bags used to wrap meat and food products.

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Otilia Kocsis owns Lake George Hardware. She says many of her customers opt not to get a bag, but says the ban could be a costly move for retailers.

"I really don't think you should take away plastic bags altogether," said Kocsis.

In Lake George, it's hard to find a store that doesn't use them. Business owners say they are convenient and cost effective.

The Board of Supervisors say they are polluting their waters, harming wildlife and never fully degrade. Many consumers seem to agree with the need for change.

"I think as consumers we would definitely adjust. I think, I really do think what they're doing is moving in the right direction," said Virginia Loeffler, a tourist from New Jersey.

Otilia says she can see both sides of the argument, but thinks plastics in general need to be tackled in a different way.

"I think you should have the option of a bag, but educate people to either bring their own or, you know, if you have one item, don't get a bag," said Otilia.

A public hearing is being held on the proposed ban on September 10 and 21. If it is passed, the ban will go into effect on January 1, 2019.


Jacquie Slater

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