North Myrtle Beach City Council passes amendment to plastic bag ban

Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 2:22 PM EDT
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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - North Myrtle Beach City Council unanimously passed the second reading of an amendment to the plastic bag ban on Wednesday afternoon.

Last week, council members passed the first reading of an amendment to the ban that would allow the use of reusable plastic bags with a thickness of 2.25 mm or greater.

“The amendment was made to allow reusable plastic bags with a thickness of 2.25 mils or greater,” the council said in a statement. “The amendment also allows retailers to continue using single-use plastic bags until October 1, 2022, to ‘allow retail establishments to expend their current stock of single-use plastic bags and transition to acceptable, alternative products.’”

It was recommended by city administrators because of the supply chain issues that businesses are experiencing.

“Several local and national businesses told city leaders that they were having trouble obtaining paper bags and reusable bags,” the city said in a press release.

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The council will revisit the issue in January 2024, to give the council, businesses, and the community an opportunity to work around supply chain concerns.

The ordinance restricting single-use plastic bags takes effect on October 1, 2022.

For more information about the ban, click here.

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