New Hanover Beach Towns Encourage Plastic Bag Ban

Beach towns are urging New Hanover County to consider a ban on environmentally hazardous plastic shopping bags.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported that the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen and the Carolina Beach Town Council recently approved resolutions promising support for county efforts to do away with plastic bags.

Officials hope their resolutions will encourage the county to either ban the bags or have shoppers pay a small fee for them.

County officials said they don't plan to ban the bags in the near future. One commissioner says the county has never discussed the issue.


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  • by cj on Sep 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    god, it's everywhere at every level of government. meaningless, useless legislation that does nothing but burden the citizens of an area. if people would just be accountable for all their trash, it wouldn't be an issue!! everytime i am at the beach, i generally pick something up that i didn't bring as it blows down the beach or washes up on shore. it's MY beach (and yours) so take care of it regardless of where it comes from. banning the plastic bags does nothing to prevent litter...
  • by John Location: Mount Olive on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    How about a little common sense; Ban the Behavior; not the plastic bag. Littering is the problem, not the plastic ban. Use you efforts to promote recyling and fining people that litter. If you do away with the plastic bag; what have you accomplished? What about all the other containers and wrappers of the products that are carried in the bag. The only think accomplished by banning plastic bags is the environmentalist get to feel good about theirself. If you want to feel good about yourself, help to solve the real problem; littering! Oh, I forgot, that would be too much work and not get as much headline. Wake up folks; don't let the idiots make such stupid regulations.
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      by rapper on Sep 29, 2011 at 12:56 PM in reply to John
      you in the plastic industry or make plastic bags ? plastic don't dissolve or rust or decompose easily.
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        by John on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:49 PM in reply to rapper
        No, just in the Common Sense Industry; evidently you're not. Plastic does not dissolve and that was my point, all the other items in the bag that are made of plastic. Take a look around you and imagine if we did away with plastic? That is not the answer, stopping litter and recyling is!
  • by Melvin Location: Jacksonville on Sep 29, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    I'll tell ya what just ban everything at the beach. Bags, dogs, especially kids, ugly people, fat people, people who enjoy themselves too much, beach paraphernalia, no soft-drinks, and the only thing that can be consumes is water purchased only from a government kiosk. Absolutely no fishing whatsoever, and the last thing to be banned should be humans. There I think pretty much bans everything, oh by the way, come on down and have fun will you.
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      by anon 2 on Sep 29, 2011 at 01:01 PM in reply to Melvin
      now that sounds like a very good idea ! too many crowds as it is. while you are at it don't allow any morotized vehicles only horses and bikes...with sand tires of course !
  • by Carl Kolchack Location: Pitt County on Sep 29, 2011 at 08:48 AM
    Littering is already illegal. Tourist will continue to bring in plastic bags. I don't see this ban doing much other than putting a burden on local businesses.
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      by anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to Carl Kolchack
      yes but it requires enforcement. it is much easier to enforce and disallow the use of plastic bags by a relatively small number (hundreds ?)of retail stores than it is to spend enforcement time on thousands ( hundreds of thousands?)of individuals. besides the ratilers have a store and a business license to renew by the local authorities whereas the tourists can simply throw the ticket away and never pay any fine.
  • by about time on Sep 29, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    It is soo long overdue. I am thrilled to see them finally doing this
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