The state’s ban on single-use plastic bags in Connecticut is finally here, but grocery store representatives say it hasn’t been a big event given that many customers are already used to bringing their own. bags at the supermarket.
Connecticut Food Association president Wayne Pesce told The Day of New London that the elimination of the state’s 10-cent tax on single-use plastic bags on July 1 was a “non-event. “and that there had not been as much hindsight as expected. .
“It’s a good law. It makes our state a better place to live because we have less of this material floating around in places it shouldn’t be, ”Pesce said.
Today marks the return of the plastic bag tax in Connecticut since it was canceled due to the coronavirus.
Stop & Shop spokesperson Maura O’Brien told The Day that “many customers are used to shopping with reusable bags” since the chain phased out single-use plastic bags in August. 2019,
In 2019, the General Assembly passed a law that imposed a temporary 10-cent tax on bags less than 4 thousandths of an inch. The tax lasted from August 1, 2019 until June 30, when plastic bags were finally banned on Thursday. Stores are still allowed to provide paper bags to customers and some charge for them.
At the height of the pandemic, Democratic Governor Ned Lamont temporarily waived the 10-cent charge on plastic bags for about three months last year as part of the state’s efforts to help fight COVID- 19.