Two eastern North Carolina Senators have introduced a bill to repeal the plastic bag ban on the Outer Banks. Senator Thom Goolsby, whose district includes Wilmington, and Buck Newton from Wilson County have introduced S318 to fully repeal all parts of the plastic bag ban. The bill presently has eight co-sponsors. This blogger fully supports repeal. Click here to download a copy of the repeal bill.
The purpose of the bill was to tamp down on the bags that end up flying around on our beaches; a noble goal, to be sure. Nobody likes seeing them flying around and we all are concerned for the habitat of the wildlife in our ecosystem. But banning the bags is not the answer. Because the bag in and of itself is not the problem; bags flying around the beaches are the problem. So how do we combat this problem short of a ban? Force should not be an option for a perfectly legal, useful product. We’re smart people down here and we can accomplish this goal in ways that reflect our values. Here are some ideas.