It’s Earth Day, which means…no more plastic bags! Well, at least in Southampton Town, where the ban goes into effect today. Businesses in the town of East Hampton have until September to comply. The newly effective law prohibits retail establishments from using high density polyethylene (HDPE) bags at checkout, according to Dan’s Papers. And this is serious stuff, folks: If a business distributes plastic bags after the law is enacted, the owner could be fined up to $1,000 or spend up to 15 days in the slammer.
The ban, obvs, is designed to reduce litter and keep all that plastic out of landfills. The Southampton Town Council has noted that more than two million plastic bags are used each year in Southampton Town alone.
We’re still not sure how Citarella (full disclosure: a grocery store we frequent often) is allowed to still distribute its plastic bags — apparently, they are thick enough that they exceed the limit, but how does that help the environment? We’ve asked the PR people there for more info. Will report back if we learn anything new.
Speaking of keeping things out of landfills…
Bonac Buy and Sell, the new salvage shop in Springs that we profiled here, is apparently ridiculously busy. Hey — that’s a good place for a new venture to be, so congrats to owners Morgan Roman and George Miller. Here’s what they shared on Facebook:
The influx of calls for Bonac Buy and Sells services has been amazing and somewhat overwhelming. Please remember that currently it’s two guys running the show and there is only so much they can take on at once. Please don’t take offense or get discouraged if your calls are not responded to as quickly as you’d like. The guys are working 7 days a week trying to make this work smoothly. Your support, understanding and patience is greatly appreciated.
P.S. If you are looking or know of someone looking for part time work for extra cash, the guys need help with clean outs. Stop down to the shop Friday through Sunday 8am-5pm and inquire within.
Thanks and have a great day!
Is it sunflower season yet?
Balsam Farms, the produce stand and CSA farm in Amagansett (here’s a nice photo here), reports that the stand will officially be open for the season on May 21. The stand will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The good folks there shared this lovely pic on Facebook today. “Everyday is #earthday at #balsamfarms.” Indeed.