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Bags Banned

Kiss those plastic bags goodbye. The East Hampton Village Board voted today to ban the use of plastic bags by commercial establishments (Southampton enacted something similar in April). Newsday reports that "the ban applies to the thin plastic bags with handles normally found at supermarket checkout counters and at other stores. It does not apply to the even-thinner bags in the produce aisle that customers fill with peaches or oranges, to the thin bags used to wrap newspapers for home delivery, or to the thicker plastic bags people use to throw out household garbage." The ban will take effect in six months. [Newsday]