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Plastic Bags By The Numbers

600 million

The number of single-use bags used each year by Maine residents.

The percentage of single-use plastic bags that are recycled in Maine. Leaving millions of bags to end up in landfills, incinerators and as litter in Maine's waterways and along roadways.

​42 billion
The number of single-use plastic bags used world wide per month.

The average number of minutes a single-use plastic bag gets used in the U.S. 

The number of single-use bags the average American could avoid using each year by switching to reusable bags.

Bring Your Own Bag York

York Reusable BagYork Reusable Bag Giveaway is Now Over!

BYOB York thanks these York businesses for helping us distribute our free York reusable bags:

Daisy Trading Co.
Just Write Cards & Gifts
SoMe Brewing Co.
The Yarn Sellar

Nubble Light Logo

If you would like one of the York bags, featuring the Nubble Logo, they are available for sale at the Welcome Center and Giftshop at Nubble Light.

York Single-Use Plastic Carry Out Bag Ordinance Began March 3, 2016

full reusable shopping bagThe intent of the York ordinance prohibiting distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags is to encourage consumers to switch to reusable bags and not to have shoppers switch to paper bags. Paper bags were excluded from the ordinance in order to give retailers a recyclable option for customers who do not bring reusable bags.

Standards of the York Single-Use Plastic Carry Out Bag Ordinance

  • No single-use plastic carryout Bag shall be distributed, either with or without charge, to a Customer, at any Retail Establishment located in the Town of York.
  • Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable shopping bags to Retail Establishments, who may choose to give customers a rebate for such.
  • Retail Establishments may provide Customers with recyclable paper bags or reusable bags, with or without a charge, as they so desire.

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Full ordinance history, texts, backup documents, and links are available.

there are many options for reusable bags

York Plastic Bag Ordinance Passes!

The BYOB York team was thrilled to report that the York Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance passed on November 3, 2015. Article 7 was approved with 59% of the vote.

Thank you to all of you who voted in support, helped with the campaign and provided us with encouragement over the last two years as we worked to get an ordinance before York voters. We couldn't have done it without you.

A Thank You Note
from BYOB York Chair,
Victoria Simon

The ordinance is scheduled to take effect in March 2016.

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Learn About the Problems of Plastic Bag Use

Produced by Ocean Commotion (Julia McCarthy, Grace Gear, and Hannah Byers)
8th Grade, York Middle School, York ME
Published on Sep 15, 2015 on YouTube

"How harmful are plastic bags to the climate?" from YouTube by Global Ideas.