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Apr 22, 2015 11:50 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town Officials Celebrate Earth Day, Start Of Plastic Bag Ban

Apr 22, 2015 12:13 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Councilman Brad Bender held a press conference Wednesday morning outside the town community center in Hampton Bays in recognition of the town-wide ban on plastic shopping bags that went into effect that day. Ms. Throne-Holst recognized other municipalities that have taken up the cause, including East Hampton Town and the villages of East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack and Quogue. Mr. Bender called upon the mayor and trustees of Westhampton Beach Village to follow suit. KYLE CAMPBELL PHOTOS

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I personally will be celebrating the bag ban by going to Riverhead for all my grocery shopping needs from now on.

Also, How much capital would one need to start a plastic bag company just outside the town borders? I'm anticipating a large amount of residents needing them in the short future.
By Inch_High_PI (29), Southampton on Apr 22, 15 12:33 PM
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By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Apr 22, 15 3:58 PM
How does the saying go? Something about "Don't let the malfunctioning automatic door at Waldbaums hit you on the way out?"
By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Apr 23, 15 9:00 AM
It can hit me, I won't mind. What you should be mindful about is the lost sales tax revenue seeing as there is a large contingent of people preparing to do the same thing as me.

So, as the time honored saying goes, hope you enjoy the decreasing tax revenue and a worse quality of life!
By Inch_High_PI (29), Southampton on Apr 23, 15 12:36 PM
I am intrigued with your solution because after reading so many comments in favor of the proposed & approved and "needed" Tuckahoe mega mini mall King Kullen facility.
..I was getting the feeling that everyone considers riverhead is a world away and far far far too inconvenient to get to; and abhorred place in most peoples' opinions just to start with.
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I personally love the functionality of riverhead. love its proximity and love the drive. love that the openness feel along the un-developed ...more
By dave h (193), calverton on Apr 23, 15 2:18 PM
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For a class of people who pride themselves on never having to 'cross the canal', I highly doubt that. Don't be so stubborn.
By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Apr 23, 15 3:48 PM
Amazing that Throne-Holst and Bender are taking credit when it was a real fight to get them to agree to this unless it involved the other towns. Fleming, as usual, was the only proponent of "it's the right thing to do now". The Supervisor hedged her bets so she wouldn't get all the heat if there was any. Real leader we got there, eh?
By Earthgirl (52), Southampton on Apr 22, 15 3:22 PM
RIP plastic bag drawers
By BaymenNYC (59), Manhattan on Apr 22, 15 3:28 PM
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Is there a fine for not complying?
By GoldenBoy (346), EastEnd on Apr 22, 15 4:14 PM
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Save a tree.

Plant hemp.
By Mr. Z (11561), North Sea on Apr 22, 15 5:35 PM
Industrial hemp for the purposes of textiles, food, and biomass fuel is legal in California, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Unfortunately NYS is still bass ackwards when it comes to cannabis. You can only participate in a pilot program as part of "academic research" and it cannot be sold or exported for profit. Twelve steps behind in NYS, as usual...
By Mr. Z (11561), North Sea on Apr 22, 15 8:46 PM
And hemp is going to be a billion dollar renewable resource market the citizens of this state will be unable to participate or cash in on.

Again, as usual, twelve steps behind...
By Mr. Z (11561), North Sea on Apr 22, 15 9:44 PM
Yes we need to legalize drugs as if this country isn't dopey enough.
By chief1 (2770), southampton on Apr 22, 15 10:17 PM
Hemp is not "drugs" or "pot".

Once again you demonstrate your incredibly well informed and educated viewpoint. NOT.
By Mr. Z (11561), North Sea on Apr 22, 15 11:36 PM
If only. Hemp is superior in most ways against pulp. And that is besides its awesome renewability. Unfortunately, its been the victim of a good 100+ years of misinformation and demonizing, as aptly demonstrated by chief1. So the minute you mention hemp as a substitute, the peanut gallery always responds with "Hurr durr yous a pot head, yous just wanna get high on rope and bags hurr durr"

New York, and Long Island in general, is very heavily statist. I would put bets that we would be one ...more
By Inch_High_PI (29), Southampton on Apr 23, 15 6:17 AM
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It's superior, period. Very few plants have it's versatility. It can be made into textiles, fuel, and food. Hemp millet saved the Chinese from starvation at one point in their history. It's ability to detoxify tainted soil is now being researched as well.

The "drug angle" is what Big Oil and Big Timber used in the thirties to eliminate the competition it would have given the petrochemical and paper industries. William Randolph Hearst, Henry Anslinger, and DuPont's petrochemical empire ...more
By Mr. Z (11561), North Sea on Apr 23, 15 2:53 PM
Now there's good example... Alabama! They're not moving the legislation forward with any good social intentions. The only reason they want to legalize marijuana is to keep the jails clear for "serious" drug abusers.
To wit the current endemic use of synthetic cannabis (not the same as the herb cannabis) in Alabama as well as those other stalwarts of the right to destroy yourself and your community, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
For what it's worth I support the legalization of the ...more
By Split Rock (68), North Haven on Apr 24, 15 4:17 PM
Thank goodness we have these Progressive minded "leaders" to protect us and our environment.
By HB90 (163), southampton on Apr 22, 15 9:27 PM
Remove your childish sarcasm and you're spot on!
By Split Rock (68), North Haven on Apr 24, 15 3:53 PM
Ever notice when the town is going to give away some sort of bags that westhampton beach and bridgehampton do not get the same as Hampton Bays. I guess we have to get used to being NOT the upper class even though we pay taxes.
By Resident tax (179), Hampton bays ny on May 8, 15 2:54 PM
Hampton Bays gets the less expensive items from the town.
By Resident tax (179), Hampton bays ny on May 8, 15 2:55 PM
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