Chautauqua County Will Not Charge Paper Bag Fee Following Plastic Bag Ban

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MAYVILLE – Officials in Chautauqua County will not be charging a fee for paper bags sold in stores after the state’s plastic bag ban goes into effect next month.

The county legislature’s Audit and Control Committee announced the decision this week.

Officials say the five-cent tax that is suggested by state leaders would be difficult to regulate.

Some local stores like Wegmans will still be charging a five-cent fee for use of paper bags. The company says money collected will be donated to local food banks.

New York’s Plastic Bag Ban goes into effect on March 1. Wegmans says they will stop using plastic bags and start charging customers on Monday, January 27.


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