Where does each county stand on plastic bag bans?: Your Stories

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Madison County supervisors will vote on a proposal to ban plastic shopping bags on Tuesday, June 13.

A recent public hearing welcomed questions and comments from people both in favor and against the proposal.

Many cited environmental concerns as Madison County’s landfill contains millions of bags, according to solid waste staff.

In the meantime, the proposal itself has sparked NewsChannel 9 viewers to contact the Your Stories team and ask what happens to plastic bags when they’re returned to stores.

Most recently, viewers are wondering where their respective counties stand on a similar ban.

Recently, the vice chair of the Cortland County Solid Waste Committee told the Cortland Standard the discussion on a plastic bag ban may come up in upcoming committee meetings.

A few years ago, talks about a plastic bag ban have already come and gone in both Tompkins and Oswego counties. Leaders from both counties tell us they are confident in how they recycle and manage waste.

For Onondaga County, it’s a hard, “no,” when it comes to a ban on plastic bags.

“We have no interest in putting additional regulations on the private sector,” said Ryan McMahon, chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature. “If the grocers and other businesses believe this is something they want to do, I am sure we will hear from them.”

Leaders in Cayuga, Seneca and Oneida counties also confirm they have no plans to enforce a plastic bag ban.

The Madison County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to vote on the plastic bag ban proposal at 2:15 p.m. on June 13 at the county office building.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you can contact your town’s supervisor with questions and concerns. Phone numbers for each town supervisor can be viewed here

If you have a question for the Your Stories team at NewsChannel 9, email us at YourStories@LocalSYR.com.

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