Waldbaum’s and the Peconic Land Trust have entered into an agreement that will support Southampton Village’s ban on plastic bags and the environment.
The ban went into effect on November 6 and applies to retail stores, sidewalk sales, farmers markets, flea markets and restaurants. Yard sales, tag sales and sales by nonprofits are exempt, as are produce bags and checkout bags larger than 28 by 36 inches.
At the village Waldbaum’s, shoppers have three options: They can bring their own bag, buy paper bags for 5 cents each or buy a recyclable bag for 99 cents. Shoppers will get a rebate of 5 cents for every bag they bring.
Peconic Land Trust will benefit when shoppers buy bags from the Waldbaum’s as the net proceeds will be donated to the trust, a nonprofit that works to conserve land and working farms.
Reasoning behind the ban included encouraging shoppers to bring their own bags.