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Apr 20, 2011 10:50 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village To Bid Adieu To Plastic Bags

Apr 20, 2011 11:38 AM

Patricia Brodhagen, vice president of public affairs for the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, said her industry agrees with the aim of reducing the use of plastic bags but objects to a ban, saying recycling and education should be more aggressively promoted.

“By banning the plastic bag, it will drive the business to paper,” Ms. Brodhagen cautioned, citing paper’s heavier weight and taking more resources to transport. She also claimed that such a ban would place village businesses at a competitive disadvantage because of the higher costs associated with paper.

Another opponent, Bonny Betancourt of the American Chemistry Council, who said she came on behalf of her company’s plastic bag industry group, which represents plastic bag manufacturers, said her industry is disturbed by the amount of plastic in the environment, but is generally against bans. Rather, she promoted recycling. Pulling examples of plastic film out of a plastic bag she brought to the podium, Ms. Betancourt said they could all be recycled.

Mr. Robinson agreed with opponents that educational measures about recycling had not been given enough time yet, which Ms. McGann openly disagreed with. She said she would like to see paper bags eventually eliminated as well. Mr. Yastrzemski spoke of the area’s unique ecosystem, while Ms. Cannon cited the negative impact of plastics on local waters and wildlife.

“We in the Village of Southampton are going to make a difference,” Mr. Epley said.

Some proponents suggested that the ban might extend beyond the village. P. Claire Pertalion, co-chairperson of the Eastern Long Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, which seeks to protect oceans and beaches, said her national organization and its local branch support the legislation and believes a ban is likely to spread to East Hampton, too. “Every time I go to the beach, my little thing is I pick up five pieces of trash,” she said, noting that she plucks bags out of the water when surfing.

Tip Brolin, chair of Sustainable Southampton, SAVE’s counterpart at the town level, said his group plans to present similar legislation to the Town Board.

Pile Driving Restrictions

At the recommendation of Building Inspector Jonathan Foster, the Village Board unanimously enacted new legislation on Tuesday prohibiting pile driving—the process of forcing large poles into the ground to support docks and other structures—on weekends and holidays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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How about we use some of what little farmland is left to grow hemp? It easily has the potential to replace petroluem derived plastics, trees, and cotton as a raw material. It's the strongest natural fiber known, next to spider silk, which is not nearly as viable.

Cash crop, easily renewable, and grows like a weed.

Oh, wait. It IS one...
Apr 25, 11 4:24 PM appended by Mr. Z
Also, just for reference, hemp seed millet once saved the Chinese from starvation. It is probably the healthiest thing on the planet you could eat, and NO, it will not get you "stoned".
By Mr. Z (11647), North Sea on Apr 25, 11 4:24 PM
yes millet was a good source of fiber too.
By V.Tomanoku (788), southampton on Apr 25, 11 4:31 PM
It's amazing how unhealthy we've become as a society, the further we have gone the way of the "artificial".

I'll take my dinner raw, and unprocessed. Can't say the same for the gulls these days, though. Plastic is pretty processed.

While education is all well and good, eliminating the use of petrol plastics (yes folks, plastics come from CRUDE OIL) would be one of the best things we could do for ourselves as a society.
By Mr. Z (11647), North Sea on Apr 25, 11 4:40 PM
If you still prefer to use plastic bags, you can buy them on line or at certain stores. That way you will be able to use them for your grocery's and then as trash liners or recycle them or use them for do poop picker uppers.
By V.Tomanoku (788), southampton on Apr 26, 11 9:40 AM
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