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'Ban the Bag' is back in New Hanover County

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Ahlum shows two of the reusable bags offered by the Surfrider Foundation. Ahlum shows two of the reusable bags offered by the Surfrider Foundation.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The push to ban plastic bags is back in New Hanover County.

The Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is rallying residents to show their support of the cause by contacting the county commissioners. Different versions of a bag ban have popped up in different places around the county. All three beach towns have passed resolutions in favor of a countywide band. Local chapter chairman Sean Ahlum said it's time for commissioners to consider the idea.

"We would like to see that it be countywide, so you're not giving a distinct competitive advantage to one store versus another," he said.

The Surfrider Foundation was involved in rallying voters to ban smoking on Wrightsville Beach. Bans on both smoking and plastic bags are a part of the organizations "Rise Above Plastics" campaign. Ahlum said the hand bags typically given out at grocery stores now have nicknames like "urban tumbleweed."

Acknowledging the area as a tourism community and a water community, Ahlum said it is important for New Hanover County to keep its economic drivers running smoothly.

"We know that it's probably a long, cooperative effort with our elected officials and our community of citizens to get something like this in place," said Ahlum.

Woody White, Chairman of the County Commissioners, said Thursday that he spoke with members of the organization briefly. It is not an endorsement, but White said he's willing to meet with Surfrider after January 1 to learn more about the project.

Commissioners are already learning some of the facts through an email blast coordinated by the group. A petition of support is now online, as well.

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