NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- New Castle will implement the Reusable Bag Law on New Year's Day, making the town a leader in New York State's efforts to significantly reduce environmentally unfriendly plastic and paper shopping bags.
The Reusable Bag Law eliminates distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags at all stores and requires a 10-cent charge for paper shopping bags at the types of stores that use the most bags—grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies, according to a release from the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board.
Reusable bags are important because of the following:
Single-use plastic carryout bags --
- Create unsightly litter.
- Clog storm drains.
- Contribute to climate change.
- Harm wildlife.
- Pollute the oceans and waterways.
Single-use paper carryout bags --
- Generate two times the carbon footprint of plastic bags.
- Create four times the waste of plastic bags.
- Use 20 times the water to produce as plastic bags.
Ted Holmes, DeCicco’s and Sunrise Solar have all sponsored Shop New Castle reusable bags. These bags will be handed out around town starting in January.
The new law will encourage residents to bring their reusable bags when shopping, protecting the environment for years to come, the release said.