NC House OKs Plastic Bag Ban On Outer Banks

North Carolina legislators are close to ordering big retailers on the Outer Banks to quit using lightweight plastic bags in a bid to preserve the environment.

The House voted 78-41 on Thursday to require stores to use paper
bags or have their customers bring in reusable bags. The bag ban would only effect large stores on the tourist-centric islands of Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties.

Rep. Tim Spear of Washington County said keeping beaches clean is necessary to keep the estimated 7 million tourists and their money coming to the Outer Banks.

The bill is the brainchild of Senate leader Marc Basnight of Dare County.

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  • by Elina Location: Dare County on Dec 6, 2010 at 07:40 PM
    Looks like most people who post here aren't even affected by this ban. You knwo what? It's been great not having plastic bags all over thb streets & beaches where I live & work every day. Thank you Marc, for getting our beaches cleaner. A lot of locals (& toursits) bring their own bags, & some stores give money off for reusing paper bags or bringing your own. Sure, paper costs at the production stage & plastic at the end stage. So all you folks kevetching about the ban & cost on the environment of paper definition know & are utilizing (right?) your other & obvious option. Reusable bags! Lots of places sell them ultra cheap so use your time to go get one rather than just complaining about something that doesn't even affect (most) of you. This Dare County resident is one happy camper!
  • by me Location: washington on Jun 21, 2009 at 03:22 AM
    This is costing us more money. people should know better then to litter. I like paper bags yes but i don't use them because i can recycle the plastic ones. Why didn't they try this one first. they could have tried something with the whole community on cleaning up the beachs. i guess it's easier on paying taxes to do that by making us have to use paper bags!!!!! (when will the gov. ever learn)
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 19, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    Ted, I like that "Gov. Dumplin'".
  • by fed up Location: aurora on Jun 18, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    HEY tim spear,you and mark getting flak from those commercial fisherman that pay you? Whats the problem? Some of them find a plastic bag in their nets? So now you go after the merchants, forcing them to supply more expensive PAPER bags that will cause futher depletion of our forest, no problem Comrade bev can just put a tax on the paper bags! That would really bring in the tourist.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 18, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    Our tax dollars at work! I assume there is no penalty for bringing a plastic bag when you come to the beach. Will they have bag police? Didn't they go to plastic bags because they were cheaper than paper? does this mean an increase in products purchased at the beach in the bagless stores? Come on Marc work on passing the Castle Doctrine or some other bill that means something. Why don't we let this bill die in committee like so many of the Senators and House members like to do?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 18, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    Just the outter banks? Why not just find people that drive down the road and litter. Afterall, isn't that the law?
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2009 at 04:08 PM
    As much as I love to talk junk about Gov. Dumplin' this ain't her baby! This is the brain child of Sen. Marc Bassnight 100%.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 18, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    Hey, Gov. Bev can you say "tax plastic bags".
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 18, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    I know that I will now be able to sleep just a little better tonight with this new law passed. I agree with keeping the beach clean (as well as the rest of the state). But don't these goobers have alot of really important stuff to work on, huh. Buzz-
  • by Kyle Location: Williamston on Jun 18, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    They shouldn't stop with just the Outer Banks. Plastic bags should be outlawed statewide.

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