Greenville commission discussing possible plastic bag ban

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Greenville city commission is proposing options to reduce single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and shopping centers including charging a fee or even banning them.

The Environmental Advisory Commission passed a resolution to encourage shoppers to not use single-use plastic bags several months ago.

Commission chair Durk Tyson said one of the popular options would be a public awareness campaign to reuse or recycle plastic bags.

“We’re not opposed to the plastic bags as much as we’re opposed to them being discarded,” Tyson said. “Those bags are commonly discarded and end up littering our roadways.”

Shopper Christopher Johnson said he’d support a recycling campaign, but doesn’t like an outright ban.

“I think they should keep the plastic bags because how the older folks going to carry their groceries in a paper bag?” Johnson asked.

The commission will discuss the recommendations at a meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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