Basnight's Bid To Ban Plastic Bags Rallies Foes

Businesses that fear losing sales if North Carolina bars large Outer Banks stores from giving away plastic grocery bags are mobilizing against the brainchild of the state Senate's powerful leader.

Representatives of plastics, chemical and other companies said
Tuesday they opposed the pilot program that already passed the

The bill, sponsored by Senate leader Marc Basnight of Dare County, was still approved by the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Supporters said discarded bags are especially a problem on barrier islands, where litter is more obvious and sea animals more likely to confuse the floating bags with jellyfish and eat them.

Advocates think the ban sought by Basnight could later spread
statewide. That concerns business interests.

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 10, 2009 at 04:26 PM
    Until "people" learn to police themselves then there has to be someone that will. Plastic bags and bottles live on for almost forever but paper will decay in water and on shore. So make up your mind, police yourselves or be policed by a government agency. The choice is yours. The reusable bag does not have to washed each separately, but with the Monday wash loads.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    The one thing that people have to remember is that the tree huggers, ecology nuts, and such are to blame for the plastic bags. They are the ones who complained about cutting down trees. So everybody went to plastic bags. Now they are complaining about the plastic bags. What's next, complaining about R-134.
  • by Scooter Location: Washington on Jun 10, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    This is just another example of the liberal nanny state trying to regulate every facet of our lives. They obviously care nothing about commerce and the effect this would have on the stores. Plastic bags can be used as waste bags in small trash receptacles around the house instead of buying bags for that purpose. Those brown "recycled" bags only need a little bit of post consumer content to earn the label so all you tree huggers are getting duped. Those reusable bags the stores sell are terrible for retaining bacteria. Do you all seriously want to wash those things every time you visit the market? What about all that extra soap and water you'll be wasting by trying to save the planet? Basnight needs to keep his mouth shut and go back to things he is good at like fleecing the state and picking our pockets.
  • by J Location: NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    I think this is a great idea and also think it should be done statewide. We use reusable bags. Except for the occasion where we forget them we find them far more convenient.
  • by Doug Location: Hubert on Jun 10, 2009 at 07:04 AM
    I've been using reusable grocery bags for about 20 years. I love them. They hold more, they don't break, and they are easier to carry. You just have to remember to keep them in the car and you may have to wash them once in a while. Once you get in the habit, it's much more a benefit than an inconvenience.
  • by conserve Location: NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 04:15 AM
    go with paper! lazyness is the #1 reason to use plastic bags. most brown bags are made with recycled paper and can be made with handles for the laziest of folks. I think they should charge for plastic bags and then the masses would rethink their poor choice of excess plastic use. better yet...provide no free bags and require folks to bring their own boxes or re-useable bags to the grocery store. It save some stores a lot of money, and the environment.
  • by Really? on Jun 9, 2009 at 09:52 PM
    With all thats going wrong in this would think the lawmakers could find a better use of their time and our resources.
  • by Brad Location: Washington on Jun 9, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    I think that paper bags are a bad choice as well unless they are made of recycled material. Ban'em both and buy some reusable bags.
  • by mike Location: HAMILTON on Jun 9, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    I think this is one law that will be excellent.You go the store & buy groceries & come home with a car load of plastic bags. Where if paper was used you would have far less. Paper bags are a renewable resource. If they blow away they will rot and return back to the earth. This law should be made statewide.

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