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MA town to launch plastic bag ban
GREAT BARRINGTON, Ma. -- Going green in the Berkshires. One Massachusetts town becomes the first in our area to ban plastic bags at stores. This after Albany County banned Styrofoam containers in December.
The bylaw banning the bags goes in to effect on March 1st. Neighbors in town and those who shop there have been warned to travel light and pack patience as everyone gets used to it.
The South County town speaks of overwhelming support for the plan at a press event Tuesday. But those who don't live here are affected, too. Great Barrington is a regional retail hub in Massachusetts and New York. Shoppers have seen reminders to bring their reusable bags whether they're at the supermarket, or even the small shops on Main Street. But each of them will absorb a cost.
Price Chopper has to reconfigure the bag carousels at the check-outs, and re-train its employees. The store is now offering reusable bags at a discount with a coupon.
Supermarket spokeswoman Mona Golub told CBS6 at a town meeting the store tracks how many people shop with reusable bags and she says in Great Barrington, it's only about ten percent. It and other stores have been part of the process with town leaders of making a plan that was environmentally and time sensitive to all parties involved.Penalties for anyone caught using plastic are $50 at first, but could climb to $200 for subsequent offenses.