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Local lawmaker preparing reusable grocery bag drive as some question their safety

Posted at 6:16 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 08:36:29-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — State Assemblyman Pat Burke, in support of the ban on plastic grocery bags that comes into effect March 2020, is holding a reusable grocery bag drive.

"This isn't the save all cure all banning plastic bags, it's a first step" Burke said.

For anyone looking to donate or get a bag, Assemblyman Burke's office is at 1074 Union Road in West Seneca.

For some, concerns over sanitation are brought up with reusable bags. Erie County Legislator John Mills (R) is conscerned that diseases will spread with uncleaned bags.

"Just don't take the time to wash those bags," Mills said, "Bacteria dries out in the liquid form and it's still in that bag."

Best practice is to clean the bag after each use.