Plastic Bags To Be Banned In Coastal Counties

Today begins a new era for shoppers in one part of the East. You'll no longer get plastic bags at stores on the Outer Banks.

The ban affects large stores, those bigger than 5,000 square feet. They're not allowed to give shoppers plastic bags for their goods, but can use bags made of recycled paper. The ban goes into effect today for Currituck, Dare and Hyde Counties.

Supporters say, if the ban goes well on the Outer Banks, legislators could look to extend it statewide.

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  • by dora on Sep 3, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    Dave me dear friend, maybe i am alittle loopy but i know and have seen what the plastic bags can do. also, I can reuse this thicker trash bag many, many, many times before it has to be thrown out. And yes, the vacationers don't care about out beaches only their own comfort. It takes people like me to clean up after them and probably YOU.
  • by jr Location: bath on Sep 2, 2009 at 01:24 AM
    it's the economy, stupid. if a 10 cents per bag tax were adopted by a county (with the funds going to clean up our roadsides...fat chance), it would absolutely eliminated plastic bags, same for plastic bottles, same for take-out fast food wrappers. THAT'S what i pick up the food wrappers and the boxes the food came in.
  • by Dave Location: L.A. on Sep 1, 2009 at 10:40 PM
    Okay, I see the benifit for the environment, I welcome it. But the government shoudln't be able to shove this down our throats. And what's the deal with only stores over 5000 sq.ft.? Are plasitc bags from the bait shop going onto a boat to blow overboard more damaging than one from FoodLion that goes home and into the trash can? I mean, where is the logic behind this? Did Dora write this law to protect us from the evil midwesterners? And dora, your hefty bag is MUCH worse for the environment than shopping bags, once you are done with it, and the ones your trash is in the thicker material that is made up of much more of the same plastic takes longer to degrade and leaves more chemicals behind. AND locals tote plastic on the beaches and leave it behind too. I think the super hot beach sun has fried your brain.
  • by Tom Location: Belhaven on Sep 1, 2009 at 09:28 PM
    I use the plastic bags as trash can liners around the house. They are the perfect size. Now what am I going to use? :(
  • by Fred Location: NC on Sep 1, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    I think it is a good idea to get rid of the plastic bags. You see them everywhere, ditches, side of the roads and fields. However I think it is wrong for the government to intrude in our lives like they do. People can make a difference with out the nanny state dictating to us what to do and think. We need to ban all of the wasteful politicians and hold them accountable.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Sep 1, 2009 at 03:57 PM
    NEO, well said, now if we can get rid of those plastic bottles.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Sep 1, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    Isn't it it amazing that the same people who are complaining about the plastic bags are the same ones who complained about the paper bags. Just remember, they will complain about something else in the near future that they made the politicians change our ways. Liberals, democrats, environmentalist are all one in the same. When they believe in something, it is either destroying our planet, our people, or the animals. Remember the guy who sat at the corner with the sign, "World ends tomorrow". That's them.
  • by Wondering Location: NC on Sep 1, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    Does the ban cover mainland Hyde county too? Or just Ocracoke?
  • by Michael Location: Downtown Merritt on Sep 1, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    Just think. One day someone will take their old plastic bag to the antique's road show and they will claim it as a piece of americana. I would be happy if my bills were not filled with unsolicited flyers.
  • by Reusable Location: Pitt Co on Sep 1, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    To Ed: Ed, no one is "ending your litter bags". Go out and pick a few out of the trees if you must have plastic. Otherwise use something else that looks like a bag, has straps like a bag, holds things like a bag. Lighten up - it's all good. After all, how difficult is it to bring a bag to the store or use their paper bags? If people would voluntarily take the initiative to do these things on their own, then it wouldn't have to be mandated, would it? There are littering laws, but that doesn't appear to have stopped all litter-bugs. So what's the problem with trying to do one small thing to keep landfills at a minimum? Oh, and to Tug ... you're more than welcome to build your home right next to a landfill with all that extra land available. Its really not a big deal - just try to live with less petroleum products. Lighten up people - there are worse things going on in the world.

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