Thursday the Isle of Palm will join the growing group of Lowcountry municipalities to consider banning single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam products on the beach. The council will discuss the ban Thursday.
Last month during the Public Works Committee meeting, Councilmember Smith moved to add plastic drink lids and plastic condiment packaging in the exemptions in the ordinance expanding the plastics ban; Chair Rice seconded. Chair Rice reiterated the need to be consistent with Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, the City of Charleston and Sullivan’s Island.
Councilmember Smith thought that to ban these items from the beach would make enforcement easier and that it would show how seriously the City values the environment in the sea and on land.
Having reached out to Folly Beach about their ban on plastic drink lids and condiment packaging from the beach relative to enforcement, the Interim Administrator learned that their enforcement consisted of issuing warnings to people. She also learned that they were involved in public awareness and education on the problems associated with plastics in the waterways.
The council will revisit the ban discussion Thursday.