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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Paper or plastic? That’s the discussion between New Hanover County Commissioners and Wrightsville Beach Aldermen. Last week, they revisited the idea of a countywide plastic bag ban to be more environmentally friendly.

George Hill has always gotten his groceries in plastic bags. He says they come in handy later.

“Well I tell you, I’ve got a closet full of bags,” Hill says. “I reuse them in the bathroom, I reuse them here and I reuse them in my truck.”

“They are so easily transported by wind and water that they very easily end up in our waste streams, from our waste streams and into our marine environments,” says Sean Ahlum, with the Cape Fear Chapter Surfrider Foundation. “I think it should be a state wide ban on plastic bags because it’s just not a problem on the coast. It’s a problem in our lakes and in our rivers.”

Ahlum says the idea of a bag ban is nothing new. Right now Dare County, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles have enacted bag bans.

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield says he believes folks would be receptive to the bag ban and hopefully start to use their own bags.

However, shoppers we spoke to had mixed ideas.

“I would do the tote bag to tell you the truth if I really got motivated,” Hill says.

“I think when the government decides to do something, they jump in. Well, nine times out of ten they jump wrong,” says Buddy Brown, who is against a plastic bag ban. “I think it’s an intrusion in our lives. I think it’s another government intrusion.”

To get a ban in place, the county will need to go through the general assembly in Raleigh. Commissioner Barfield says they hope to introduce the idea to legislators next year.

WWAY reached out to Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti for comment, but he did not return our calls.

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35 Comments on "Commissioners and Aldermen discuss countywide plastic bag ban, shoppers react"

Beach Bum
2015 years 8 months ago

All the hippie causeheads in Wilmington just don’t get it. Keep messing with businesses and there won’t be any business in the Wilmington area to support 3 day work weeks, or the highly over priced apartments in Mayfaire or Mary Kay carpet baggers.

I offer this challenge to the causeheads…if you honestly feel your need for change is righteous, if you truly feel empathy to all those affected sea life, if you truly want to make a difference then work for free. Give your salary back and have faith.

Sell all your worldly possessions, work for free and have faith.

Yeah, that is what I thought. Your selling crap sandwich but don’t want to take a bite.

Priorities are extremely out of whack here. Jobs are still frozen. Government infrastructure in dire need of attention. And Commissioner Barfield wants to introduce legislature?? Um, yeah. I think the Surfriders should let the adults talk and go back to being seen and not heard.

2015 years 8 months ago

Barfield needs a bag over his head so we do not have to hear the stupid ideas he spouts. It appears our local politicians want to control every aspect of our life. What I suggest is they use the incinerator for their ideas and burn the bags. Barfield you saw what happened to Thompson, you’re next.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why on earth do we have to rely on the government for a ban on bags? Let the public speak with their wallets. If you’re against plastic bags, let the “offending” store(s) know that you’re taking your business elsewhere. Numbers speak. If stores see that it makes good business sense to switch to paper bags, then they will. No goofy laws needed.

Personally, I don’t feel strongly one way or the other about the bag that holds my Buds. I do feel that the governments time could be better spent on more important issues.

No More - No Less
2015 years 8 months ago

Paper, please.

2015 years 8 months ago

Doesn’t Barfield have to iron his shirt before commenting? JUST TRY to get that ridiculous infringment enacted Barf. Talk about “out of touch!”


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