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July 22nd: BYO Madison presents to the Board of Selectmen

Testimony starts at minute 20 on this YouTube link of the July 22nd meeting where BYO Madison presented their case for a Hybrid Ban on Plastic Checkout Bags. 

August: Stop & Shop will stop using Plastic Checkout Bags across CT

 Stop & Shop will eliminate single-use plastic bags from its 91 Connecticut stores beginning Thursday, the grocery chain announced Monday.

The elimination coincides with the Aug. 1 implementation of a new, 10-cent fee on single-use plastic bags that was included in the recently passed state budget.Stop & Shop will provide free paper bags during the month of August and then begin charging a 10-cent fee on paper bags beginning Sept. 3. The company will also provide one free reusable bags to all customers who bring in one or more single-use plastic bag to be recycled while supplies list. 

August 1st: 10 cent Tax on Plastic Bags begins State wide in CT

Paper or plastic? In less than a month, the way you answer that question could cost you more at the checkout lane.

Single-use plastic bags will cost 10 cents each when the new state law goes into effect August 1.

Some stores are still trying to figure out the logistics of implementing this ban and how much it will cost them.

Highland Park Market in Manchester expects their supply costs to quadruple because paper bags are more expensive to produce than plastic.

The president of the Connecticut Food Association says some stores may pass that charge onto their customers. 

June 17: Maine & Vermont Ban Plastic Checkout Bags on the Same Day

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  •  Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill Monday (LD 1532) that will ban single-use plastic bags across the state by April 22, 2020. Reusable plastic and paper bags will be permitted for at least $0.05 per bag.
  • Shortly after, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill (S.113) that will ban single-use plastic bags by July 1, 2020 and require a fee of at least $0.10 for paper bags. Reusable bags will be encouraged as an alternative.
  • In addition, Vermont's law goes a step farther by banning polystyrene foam containers, plastic stirrers and plastic straws (with certain disability-related exceptions) in what has been described as the "toughest" and most expansive state plastics policy yet.

June is "Ban Plastic Bags" Month as Guilford, Darien, Glastonbury, and Branford Approve Ordinances !

 June 3rd:  Guilford Officials Approve Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance 

Single-use plastic bags will soon be a thing of the past in Guilford. Following a well-attended public hearing on an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags at the point of checkout in Guilford on May 28, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) unanimously voted on June 3 to approve the ordinance. The ban will now go into affect Jan. 1, 2020. 

Middletown CT Passes Plastic Checkout Bag Ban - Takes effect Oct 1st, 2019

 The City of Middletown has developed a Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance to eliminate single use plastic check out bags and encourage consumers to bring their own bags to shop.   The Ordinance passed the Common Council on April 1, 2019.  The Ordinance will go into effect on October 1, 2019.  Paper bags would be charged a 10 cents per bag fee that would remain with the retailer to cover the costs of the bag.