Plastic Bag Ban

Beginning in March, New York will ban single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and other retail outlets, which supporters believe will cut down on residents’ use of an estimated 23 billion plastic bags each year. State regulators released new rules to enforce the changes, and groups on both sides of the issue say those rules are flawed.

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A new law about to go into effect in Branford, Connecticut, will take a tougher stance on plastic bags than existing state law.

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Environmental advocates for Long Island Sound launched an anti-pollution campaign focused on plastic, with a cleanup at Lighthouse Point Beach in New Haven, Connecticut, this week.

Connecticut Plastic Bag Tax Starts August 1

Jul 29, 2019
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Connecticut has a new 10 cent tax on single-use plastic bags that goes into effect August 1. And, stores are still allowed to charge customers a fee for single-use paper bags.

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Advocates say the New York State plastic bag ban isn’t as effective as it needs to be. They worry the ban will just cause people to use more paper bags.