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May 28, 2014 9:35 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Says Citarella Bags Do Not Violate Plastic Bag Ban

May 28, 2014 4:37 PM

Southampton Village officials have determined that plastic bags being utilized by the newly opened Citarella market on Hampton Road comply with the municipality’s plastic bag ban, thanks to the thickness of the plastic they are made with.

This week, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley said that, after investigation, members of the committee Southampton Advocates for the Environment, or SAVE, determined that the plastic used for the bags is 3 mils thick, exceeding the 2.2-mil requirement for plastic bags in the village.

Although the bags are allowed, the village has asked the store to consider a different wrapping material for sandwiches and wraps, which is a heavy, non-recyclable material that some consider worse than the plastic grocery bags targeted by the ban. However, the packaging is not included in the village’s ban, and the mayor said he not heard back from the store.

The village’s plastic bag ban went into effect in November 2011 after being approved earlier that year. The SAVE committee lobbied for the ban to encourage the use of reusable checkout bags.

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Citarella should not be exempt.
By yourgardener (3), Southampton on May 28, 14 11:52 AM
it doesn't say they are exempt, it says the bags are compliant.
By tm (174), mtk on May 28, 14 11:57 AM
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Boycott Cityrella.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on May 28, 14 12:02 PM
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If the competitive prices, high quality of food, lovely and clean setting, excellent selection and the fabulous bags aren't reason enough to enjoy the superb new Citarella, now you can take comfort in knowing that the hall monitor of 27east won't be there!
By Josurfer (12), southampton on May 28, 14 12:14 PM
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Laughing Out Loud . . .
By PBR (4900), Southampton on May 28, 14 12:48 PM
I went in today based on this comment...I don't think I'd call the majority of the prices "competitive", but I agree that they have high quality food in a clean setting...much more tan I can say for Waldbaums!
By S'hamptonNative (80), Southampton on May 29, 14 5:49 PM
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RIP Waldbaums
By johnj (960), Westhampton on May 28, 14 1:20 PM
Catena's, Schmidt's, IGA, Herbert's, McLaren's (x2), Gardiner's, Jennings . . .

BH: Mullers, DePetris, IGA . . .

Water Mill: Heinke's . . .

Progress?

Just say no . . .

By PBR (4900), Southampton on May 28, 14 3:28 PM
Forgot Schwenk's on Main Street . . .

Crutchley's Crullers . . .
By PBR (4900), Southampton on May 28, 14 9:20 PM
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Nah, Catena's and Schmidt's will be ok. They still deliver a quality product.
By johnj (960), Westhampton on May 29, 14 9:06 AM
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I don't shop at Citarella primarily, because of how they treat employees. The IGA's are gone, because they are dirty and don't rotate their products, so your chances of getting an out of date item is higher than King Kullen or Stop n Shop. If any forgets how sleazy IGA is go to one in EH or Amagansett.
Schmidt's is over rated and priced. Only have gone there a few times and it sucked each one, so I'm done with it.
Catena's is great.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jun 4, 14 2:55 PM
Citarella sure seems to be friendly with the mayor.
By Lets go mets (342), Southampton on May 29, 14 5:23 AM
I am perplexed by Erin McKinley's article that 3 mils of thickness is OK, when the regulation states 2.2 mil. Does that mean that thick plastic is better than thin?
Since when is any plastic OK , under the original intent of our Green "SAVE" committee?
Any help in enlightening me and furthering my understanding of this seemingly contradictory message would be appreciated. Without such enlightenment, I would be led down the logical path toward thoughts of .......
By doremeptb (2), Southampton on May 30, 14 10:21 PM
Let's see, a high volume business was allowed to open on Hampton Road , was there a traffic study done? Parking on Hampton Rd was changed to make it convenient for this business to operate , now their plastic bags are deemed "legal" due to a .8 mm "loophole" ! Something stinks here, someone's palm was greased to make all this happen. The Emperor has spoken.
By bigfresh (4179), north sea on Jun 1, 14 7:19 AM
You might want to try your hand at non-fiction. The lightweight plastic bags are made with high-density polyethylene. They are not able to be recycled. The thicker bags are not considered single use and are therefore considered to be recyclable. The standard used in Southampton Village is not only commonly used nationally, but also internationally.
Jun 1, 14 7:53 AM appended by Josurfer
To Answer PBR's question: shhhhhhh.
By Josurfer (12), southampton on Jun 1, 14 7:53 AM
Do you know what plastic is in the Citarella bags? They do not have a number in the Recyclable icon on the bottom of each bag. Can they go in with the #1 and #2 plastics, or in the smaller trash cans at the dump for the thin plastic bags? Thanks.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jun 1, 14 7:02 PM
PBR you really need to get a life. We are lucky someone wants to open a business in the village.
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Jun 1, 14 10:53 PM
Laughing out loud . . .
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jun 2, 14 6:10 AM
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Then why are you here? A true local knows why other folks want to move in and cash in..... wait .. oh that's why you are here, cashing in on the God given beauty of the East End.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Dec 19, 14 12:55 PM
Suppose it makes sense to allow plastic bags that can be re-used because they're thicker. Hey, I even re-use the thin ones, but I'm cheap. The point is, Southampton Town should enact a ban, just as Southampton Village has, whether they include the thicker plastic bags or not. Save me from myself!
By Turkey Bridge (1927), Quiogue on Jun 3, 14 2:49 PM
If SAVE wants to make difference, do something to provide for the collection and cashing in on deposit containers. The deposit is seamlessly collected, but you have to jump thru hoops to get your money back. I used to give them to collector at the transfer station, the our all knowing town leaders ruled he was taking town property. The town makes no effort to remove the containers from waste stream. They lose on both ends. No redemption fees collected and added costs to transport more waste. ...more
By Gene10x (26), Southampton on Dec 19, 14 12:39 PM
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