Mt. Pleasant approves 'plastic bag ban'

Mount Pleasant Town Council members voted almost unanimously Tuesday night on what is commonly known as the "plastic bag ban."

The vote got applause from the crowd at town hall. It will go into effect in one year.

Hailed as good for the environment, the ordinance prohibits businesses and restaurants from using single-service plastic bags and Styrofoam containers. The ordinance calls it "pertaining to environmentally acceptable packaging and products."

Some local restaurant managers said Monday they are not concerned about the ban being put in put in place and feel it would be good for the environment.

Greg Bores, president and owner of MidiCi Neapolitan pizza, feels the ban would result in a minor change to the restaurant.

"It's probably a good thing for everybody to move towards more eco-friendly products for restaurants and consumers to use," he said.

Chris Johnson, general manager of Liberty Taproom in Mount Pleasant agrees.

"I would imagine that most people that live in this area aren't really against it. The reality is that I don't want sea creatures affected by anything that my restaurant does."

Johnson feels the changes wouldn't affect his bottom line.

"It's probably a easy for me to figure out an alternative solution, but there alternately needs to be help with the smaller businesses here," he said.

The ordinance states that businesses would have to pay fines for violating the ordinance. The fines reach up to $500 daily, with the possibility of business licenses being revoked if fines are not paid.

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