Stop repeal of plastic bag ban for NC barrier islands HB56
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Law makers are currently on a fast track to repeal the ban on plastic bags on the barrier islands of North Carolina. These bags quickly become litter and threaten wildlife and pollute the environment. Residents and visitors have quickly adapted to using renewable and reusable bags so there is no need to increase the waste stream with plastic single use bags. Please sign this petition to show our representatives that this decision is not supported by the residents, visitors, and caretakers of this beautiful land.
Please also consider contacting representatives directly:
Senator Bill Cook (919) 715-8293 Bill.Cook@ncleg.net
Representative Beverly G. Boswell 919-733-5906 Beverly.Boswell@ncleg.net
The language that they are going to repeal, IN ITS ENTIRETY, is common sense legislation that is needed to keep the islands free of litter and reduce damage to the environment that so many come to appreciate. The current laws language follows and speaks sensibly to the issue:
(1) Distribution of plastic bags by retailers to consumers for use in carrying, transporting, or storing purchased goods has a detrimental effect on the environment of the State.
(2) Discarded plastic bags contribute to overburdened landfills, threaten wildlife and marine life, degrade the beaches and other natural landscapes of North Carolina's coast, and, in many cases, require consumption of oil and natural gas during the manufacturing process.
(3) It is in the best interest of the citizens of this State to gradually reduce the distribution and use of plastic bags.
(4) Environmental degradation is especially burdensome in counties with barrier islands where soundside and ocean pollution are more significant, where removing refuse from such isolated places is more difficult and expensive, where such refuse deters tourism, and where the presence of a National Wildlife Refuge or National Seashore shows that the federal government places special value on protecting the natural environment in that vicinity.
(5) The barrier islands are most relevant in that they are where sea turtles come to nest. North Carolina has some of the most important sea turtle nesting areas on the East Coast, due to the proximity of the islands to the Gulf Stream. Plastic bag debris can be harmful to sea turtles and other land and marine life. The waters adjacent to the barrier islands, because they serve as habitat for the turtles, are particularly sensitive to waterborne debris pollution.
(6) Inhabitated barrier islands are visited by a high volume of tourists and therefore experience a high consumption of bags relative to their permanent population due to large numbers of purchases from restaurants, groceries, beach shops, and other retailers by the itinerant tourist population.
(7) Barrier islands are small and narrow, and therefore the comparative impact of plastic bags on the barrier islands is high.
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