Branford to ban all single-use plastic bags by Dec. 12

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BRANFORD, Conn. (WNTH) — The town of Branford has taken the state’s plastic bag ban and made it tougher.

State officials said residents can still buy a plastic bag for a dime; however, some Branford officials and residents don’t want them in town stores at all.

“The stores will only be able to provide a 100% natural fiber recyclable bag,” said James Cosgrove, Branford’s First Selectman.

The bags retailers will be able to provide may come at a fee that will add pennies to a shopper’s bill, but there are two small exceptions.

“Senior citizens and those on subsidies will not have to pay the fee,” said Cosgrove.

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The new ordinance was voted on back in June and received overwhelming support from town council members and concerned residents.

Cosgrove told News 8 it is an adjustment, but he’s confident this ordinance is something new that residents can get behind.

“Certainly, any time there is a change people have to adjust to that but so far, a lot of people have been complying with it and have already adopted the mindset of bringing their own bags,” said Cosgrove.

Some residents said this ordinance is a step in the right direction.

“It’s not a big deal to take your own bag, they last a while and their recyclable and plastic bags don’t and they last for decades or centuries before they disintegrate so it’s a great idea,” said Frank Bloomquist.

The town’s first selectman said plastic bags will be available at retail stores starting Dec. 12.

Single-use plastic bags will be banned in the whole state in July 2021.

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