MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – A plastic bag ban goes into effect on Tuesday in the Town of Mount Pleasant. But plastic bags aren’t the only thing banned. Restaurants, grocery stores, along with any businesses will not be allowed to use straws, and styrofoam containers as well.
This ban is part of an ordinance passed last April, to stop pollution and protect Mount Pleasant’s natural environment and waterways.
Tuesday, businesses, restaurants, and grocery stores within the town’s jurisdiction must comply and replace plastic products with an alternative biodegradable material like paper.
The town says the police department will help enforce the ban.
However, local bans like the one in Mount Pleasant could soon be outlawed.
A bill banning those bans moved to the state Senate floor last Thursday. If passed, only the state legislature would be allowed to pass those bans.
Several local mayors have voiced their opposition to the bill. Thursday, the Senate labor and commerce subcommittee gave the bill a favorable report.
State senator Sandy Senn, who represents Charleston and Dorchester Counties, says plastic litter harms coastal communities.
“Did you know that in Charleston and in most municipalities, cause I’ve actually done a little search… You can’t do anything with those plastic bags,” Senator Senn said. “You can’t put them in the recycling container. My trash can recycling bin on the outside says do not put them in there because it tears up the machinery.”
Those in favor of the bill say different regulations in each municipality makes it confusing for businesses in the state.