It’s almost time for Putnam County shoppers to remember to bring their own reusable bags with them. County Executive MaryEllen Odell says starting March 1st, a New York State law will ban single-use plastic bags. There are some exemptions from the ban, including dry cleaning bags, newspaper delivery bags and bags used by customers to package fruits, vegetables or other loose items. Putnam County Department of Health solid waste management program coordinator Jane Meunier says the goal is to embrace recycling initiatives such as this. She says the inconvenience of bringing reusable bags for shopping cannot compare to the devastation that single-use plastic bags cause to the environment – and specifically Putnam County.