Reusuable Bag Initiative
Reusable Bags – New Local Law Following a public hearing, the Town Board at its June 5, 2018 meeting adopted a local law patterned after the law in Suffolk County and accompanying resolutions:
- Effective April 1, 2019, stores with more than 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail space are required to charge a fee of 10c for either a single-use plastic bag or paper grocery bag for customers who arrive at the check-out counter without a reusable bag. This would cover ShopRite, Key Foods, DeCiccos, Pier I, CVS and Kohl’s. Small stores will not be covered, as the Reusable Bag Task Force determined that such stores distribute few single-use bags which are the subject of the law.
- Between now and the April 1, 2019 effective date, the Town will widely publicize and promote the use of reusable bags in partnership with the stores, Bedford 2020, other community organizations and schools.
- ShopRite has pledged to distribute during the ramp up period up to 6,200 reusable bags to its customers without any charge and DeCicco’s and Key Foods have pledged to distribute reusable bags for 25c each (free to a customer spending $50 or more) for the next six months.
- The Town Board has converted the Reusable Bag Task Force as a permanent, standing committee advisory to the Town Board which will be instrumental in implementing the new law. It also will monitor the progress of the program, set a baseline and benchmarks and advise the Town Board on recommended revisions in the law, including whether to consider a ban on single-use plastic bags if the program has not succeeded. Here is the new local law and the resolution which empanels the RBTF as a permanent committee.