State ban on plastic bags to go into effect Sunday

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A state ban on plastic bags is set to go into effect on Sunday.

Most businesses will stop handing out thin, single-use plastic bags. Instead shoppers are being encouraged to carry reusable bags.

Merchants could eventually face penalties, including a $250 fine for a first violation and $500 for a repeat.

Stores can still provide bags for items like uncooked meat and prepared food. Restaurants can also give bags for takeout.

In Suffolk, shoppers will be charged 5 cents for a paper bag.

 

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