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​​Restricting Single-Use Plastic Bags in Pleasantville


Disposable plastic bags are used only briefly but remain in the environment for hundreds of years, harming wildlife, clogging storm drains and rivers, floating in the oceans, filling landfills, and contaminating our natural resources. Paper bags have their own environmental impact. Switching to reusable bags will contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment in Pleasantville and beyond. Pleasantville retailers have been surveyed, and they are overwhelmingly in favor of stopping the practice of providing single-use plastic bags with most purchases. Now, we are asking residents to express their support of this initiative. Please join us!

In the meantime, Chappaqua, Millwood, Armonk, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, the city of Rye, and Hastings-on-Hudson—among many communities across the country—have already enacted regulations that restrict or ban single-use plastic bags in those communities.


Head to change.org to sign our petition.

What’s wrong with single-use plastic bags?


Most plastic bags are used—on average—for only 12 minutes before being discarded. But the damage they cause is long-lasting. Most plastic bags do not decompose—instead, they pollute our waterways, clog sewers, endanger marine life, and cause unsightly litter. Over the course of many years, they break down into smaller particles that contaminate the soil and water and eventually end up in our food chain. Plastic bags are difficult to recycle and consume non-renewable natural resources. Learn more here: plasticbaglaws.org.

And watch this four-minute mock documentary the life cycle of the plastic bag. It’s hilarious. The Majestic Plastic Bag (4:00).


 What we can do now?


Until a Pleasantville measure is in place, we suggest that everyone use reusable bags whenever possible.


Have a hard time remembering to bring them with you? 


10 Things You Can Do To Remember Your Reusable Bags!

1. Try keeping a bag tucked in your handbag or car door so you’re always prepared
2. Take advantage of reusable bags that are ultra compact and small - some even attach to a keychain
3. Put bags where you can see them, for example near the front door
4. Put a note on your dashboard
5. Use a handy steering wheel reminder (http://www.bagnesia.com)
6. Write on top of your shopping list “Don’t forget reusable bags” 
7. As soon as you empty the reusable bags, put them back in the car or a place where you will not forget to take them
8. Try using an acronym checklist before you leave the house, for example: KWB - Keys, Wallet, Bags
9. Give your kids the task to remind you of your reusable bags
10. Don’t bag at all: bring the shopping cart to your car and transfer the groceries into a cardboard box and take the box inside the house.


These days there are many choices of reusable bags available. If you can't find one you like in your neighborhood store, they are only a short Internet search away—you will find a wide variety of bags that will fit your lifestyle.​


Need a reusable bag? Stay tuned. We're working on an option now with local merchants.