Greenwich Approves Plastic Bag Ban

Mar 13, 2018
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The Town of Greenwich has approved a ban that prevents the sale of single plastic bags from grocery stores and other local merchants.  

The Greenwich Time reports the ban does not include plastic bags used for delivery of any merchandise or goods. This includes food delivered to residents’ houses or their place of business.

Local residents will not be taxed to use paper bags at the grocery store.

The RTM approved the ban on Monday night. The ordinance will go into effect within the next six months.  

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As a jury continues to deliberate in the bribery trial of Governor Cuomo’s former top aide, Cuomo has been keeping his focus on other matters, including appearing with former Vice President Al Gore to talk about energy and the environment.

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Long Islanders traveled through a nor’easter on Friday to show their opposition to a federal proposal to drill for oil and gas off Long Island’s South Shore.  They say the potential for an oil spill could have a devastating impact on Long Island’s economy.

Long Island School Buses Go Electric

Feb 26, 2018
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The EPA has awarded a federal grant to replace or retrofit diesel school buses with all-electric versions on Long Island.

The $246,000 award will help reduce air pollution in Suffolk and Nassau Counties.

The National School Transportation Association will distribute the money, but there is no word yet on how the funds will be distributed.

Diesel exhaust can worsen heart conditions and lead to asthma and respiratory illnesses, especially in children and the elderly.

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Some Suffolk County municipalities want to get rid of Styrofoam cups and containers from their communities. Patchogue Village banned plastic foam containers last month and East Hampton Village could follow suit, making it illegal for restaurants to use styrofoam cups and containers.