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Committee rejects paper bag fee for Ontario County

Shoppers in New York state will no longer get plastic bags at most checkouts beginning March of next year. That’s when the state’s ban on single-use plastic bags kicks in.

As part of the deal, counties and cities can opt for a nickel fee on any paper bag provided customers. But that’s not likely to happen in Ontario County.

The paper bag option was a topic at Monday’s Planning and Environmental Quality Committee meeting, in which the committee voted down the fee idea. A resolution to reject the paper bag fee will come before the full county Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Aug 22.

“We think there are other ways to promote reusable bags,” said Carla Jordan, county director of sustainability and solid-waste management.

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