Now that the bill has survived a second reading, Sullivan’s Island may ban plastic materials. The bill is proposed to help eliminate waste on the beach in response to a growing problem that is happening all over the country.
Many other regions have implemented similar policies that made major differences. West coast cities are leading the US in plastic waste mitigation policies.
According to WCSC, “The ban would mean an end to single use plastic items including plastic bags, straws and anything that is made of polystyrene.”
The public is spilt on the potential legislation:“Some people said it is better for the island, while others feel the change may be too hard for people to adjust to,” WCSC reports.
The policy will introduce a fine of $500 for those who don’t comply. Businesses may have to make changes to adhere to the new policy.
However, there are a few exceptions that will be allowed.
- Products made from polystyrene/plastic foam which is wholly encapsulated or encased by a more durable material. For example: surfboards, boats, life preservers and craft supplies would be exempt.
- Laundry or dry cleaning bags, door-hanger bags, newspaper bags, or packages of multiple bags intended for use as garbage, pet waste or yard waste would be exempt
- Bags provided by physicians, dentists, pharmacists or veterinarians to contain prescription drugs or other medical necessities are also an exception to the rule
The order still needs to be read again before it can be fully verified. If the ban is approved, it will go into effect on Dec. 31, 2018.