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Town Gives Away 1,000 Tote Bags; Residents Pledge to Recycle

Southampton gave out free tote bags on Sunday at area beaches.

As part of its ongoing effort to increasing recycling among residents, the town of Southampton's  gave away 1,000 reusable canvas tote bags at area beaches on Saturday. 

During the event, residents who received a bag, which was funded in part by the , were asked to sign a pledge stating that they will reduce, reuse, and recycle when it comes to plastic bags.

“The day was a great success,” said Councilwoman Christine Preston Scalera, the Town Board’s co-liaison to the group. “We had nearly 600 people sign the pledge."

Councilman Chris Nuzzi, the task force’s other liaison, concurred and said, "Our population can swell by more than double in the summer so we felt it was important to bring awareness about our reduction and recycling efforts to visitors as well as year-round residents and the beaches provided a great venue to do just that."

Nuzzi and Scalera have a goal to increase the recycling rate of plastic bags in Southampton by 15 percent in the first year. If successful, they say they plan to ramp up their efforts. 

 “We’ve had a great response so far and are excited to continue to pursue our goals with the hope of eventually eliminating single-use plastic bags from our environment and landfills,” said Scalera.

Have you signed the pledge yet? Let us know in the comment section below.

Jerry Can July 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I did not get a copy of the memo. I could a used some nice tote bags like that.
Roger Blaugh July 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
The Village of Mamoroneck unanimously voted to BAN all single-use plastic shopping bags last week. The Senate of the State of California also voted for the same ban STATEWIDE...while a 1,000 reusable shopping bags is a nice idea, Waldbaum's Southampton store used 10,000 bags per week before Southampton Village banned the bag. As you can see, the effort that should be applied is in the elimination of these bags entirely. The Village bag bag is now so successful that Waldbaum's has even removed its plastic bag recycling box it once kept at the front door to the store.
Daniella Ruiz January 11, 2013 at 10:03 PM
perhaps some local basket weavers can start an organic reed/grass group to make something out of the local fibres. any old weavers around here? & not the singers either. horsehair, sheep, goats heck, even dogs have some durable hair. my mother (RIP 2008) had a nice 14x14x6 hand held bag made from horsehair way back in the 1930's, she used it for about 10 years shopping, before the handles wore out. tough as sailcloth and very soft she said.

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