Outer Banks Bag Ban Has Final Legislative Checkout

Lawmakers have checked out an experimental ban on plastic bags on North Carolina's barrier islands, and they are sold on the idea.

The Senate agreed 44-2 to Monday night to House changes to a bill pushed by Senate leader Marc Basnight of Dare County designed to preserve environment and protect wildlife. The measure now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue for her signature.

The bill only would apply to large stores on islands or peninsulas in Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties. It would require stores to use paper bags or have their customers bring in reusable bags.

Supporters have said the Outer Banks attract millions of tourists annually in part because they're clean. They also say the bags can be swallowed by turtles that choke on them.


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  • by Cindy Location: Kitty Hawk,NC on Jul 9, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    I think banning these bags is a good idea but why just Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties and why only big stores? Shouldn't the fair and smart thing to do is ban them statewide?
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jun 28, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    Cindi, the bags that get loose are not just from pick up trucks. In the past month in Williamston I have seen both a thug and a thugette on seperate occasions leave a local sleazy corner store near my work, pull their chips, soda and cigarettes out of the plastic bag and toss the bag on the grass next to the sidewalk. Some people are too stupid to help themselves. When are we going to realize that these cheap, thin, plastic bags were a mistake. I am a conservative who thinks that Al Gore, obuma, global warming and almost all green issues are bogus, but there is no faulty science behind this issue. Look along our streets and roads, in the parks, along waterways, in vacant lots next to seedy stores in Williamston and almost anywhere else and you see these thin, cheap, plastic bags everywhere. Reusable cloth bags are the answer but paper is better than this perma-trash.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Jun 23, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    Wonder if they will be happy to see more trees cut.Let the trees come down on said counties for paper bag uses.Paper bags,plastic and paper AGAIN.From what I can tell the bags that get loose are from pick up trucks.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 23, 2009 at 07:53 AM
    I personally think this is a fantastic idea. We will have a cleaner environment, plus it's a good way to cut unneccesary costs as well when you think about it. To Nick of Farmville, that type of stuff happens all the time and I bet that this family you are talking about was probably from somewhere up north, cause those people typically have no respect for our states beaches and that has something to do with why I typically have a problem with a bunch of northerners coming down. My wife is from the Outer Banks and has complained every summer about how these tourists all think they can just do what they want to do without considering other people. My parents in law have a serious problem with the tourists as well, especially when they try to act like they are from there or at least NC when they are from elsewhere.
  • by Amy Location: ENC on Jun 23, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    Plastic bags need to be banned everywhere
  • by john Location: washington on Jun 22, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    Its about time!!! Those plastic bags never rot but paper does. Is it even a question paper is better.. all stores should use them
  • by nick Location: farmville on Jun 22, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    I think this a is a great move to protect our environment. i have seen these bags washed up on beaches and half buried in the sand. just this weekend i picked up a large potatoe chip bag that was in the surf line and no one bothered to pick it up. i finally walked over, picked it up and through it away. people just don't seem to care. it was 6 feet from a family stuffing their face! So... I think it is a good thing to ban plastic shopping bags.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 22, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    Who is being paid, follow the money. Why just "large stores", I guess the plastic bags from small store do not cause damage. Is totally unconstitutional, why pick on large stores. Like I said follow the money.
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