SOUTHOLD - Southampton is considering a ban on plastic grocery bags to help protect the environment.

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne Holst is leading the campaign and is calling on East End towns to make the first move. The villages of East Hampton and Southampton already banned plastic bags back in 2011. Holst says she is having "active conversations" with other East End officials about it and there is a lot of interest.

According to Holst, a ban would save municipalities money by cutting down on the amount of plastic bags in the waste stream. She says it would also reduce the carbon footprint of plastic bag manufacturers.

Holst says she hopes an East End plastic bag ban would grow to include all of Suffolk County.