Chas. Co. is looking for consistency with plastic bag ban

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston County is looking for a way to consistently enforce the plastic and foam ban throughout the county. 

 In a Charleston County Finance Committee meeting Thursday, county leaders took their first step to issue an ordinance to help regulate plastic bag and foam bans throughout the Lowcountry,

“The county needs to be consistent throughout,” said councilman, Victor Rawl. 

Rawl said the ordinance is to create consistency when it comes to enforcing the plastic and foam ban. 
Currently, several communities enforce the ban including Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Surfside Beach, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, Port Royal and Beaufort County.

“We tried to make it easier for both the citizens and the businesses to have a consistency factor throughout the county,” Rawl said. 

The idea behind the plastic and foam bans is to eliminate plastic pollution entering the region’s waterways. Council’s ordinance would hold businesses who sell plastic bags and customers who use them accountable for misuse. 

“If the police department decides to enforce it, they will be ticketing people on the beach,” he said. “If you’re throwing out a plastic bag out of the car, it’s already littering, it’s already a problem, but, of course if the label is on that bag from the Piggly Wiggly or Walmart or any other entity you have a tracer on that bag as to what store is violating it, if in fact there is a violation.” 

Some rules include:

  • No person may provide single-use plastic carryout bags at any county facility, county-sponsored event or on county property
  • No business in unincorporated Charleston County may provide single-use plastic carryout bags to its customers. 

Some penalities include: 

  • $100 fine for the first violation
  • $200 finefor the second violation within a 12 month period  
  • $500 fine for each additional violation within a 12 month period

For a full list of the rules, exceptions and penalties, click here.  

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