Earth Day celebration held for environmental victory

NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. joined representatives from the grocery industry this Earth Day morning at the North Branford Big-Y touting a victory for the environment.

They celebrated a bill that will increase recycling and aim to reduce the use of paper and plastic bags by 33 percent over the next five years.

Americans use an estimated 100 billion plastic bags every year, and most often, they are only used once. “Reduce, reuse and recycle, not just plastic bags but all of their packaging waste. These are programs that we want to highlight,” said Sen. Kennedy.

The bill passed with a bipartisan vote Wednesday. Incentives will be made to encourage using reusable bags and bags made from recyclable or biodegradable materials.

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