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Coastal group pushing to eliminate plastic bags

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The Surf Rider Foundation wants to either have plastic bags banned or charge a fee for use of the bags. The Surf Rider Foundation wants to either have plastic bags banned or charge a fee for use of the bags.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The Surf Rider Foundation is asking the community to support a plastic bag reduction campaign.

The group wants to follow the example of cities like Portland, San Francisco and Washington D.C. that have either banned plastic bags or have begun charging a fee for use of the bags.

"Reducing single use plastic bags protects our marine life, reduces our dependency on foreign oil. It's a win, win, win," said Ethan Crouch, Chairman of the Surf Rider Foundation.

Resolutions have already been passed by UNCW, Kure Beach, and Carolina Beach to try and reduce the community's use of plastic bags.

Members of the Surf Rider Foundation are encouraging Wilmington and New Hanover County to join the coastal communities and campus of UNCW to reduce their use of plastic bags.

Residents of Wrightsville Beach said they would support the campaign, despite using several plastic bags on their trips to the grocery store.

The Surf Riders will suggest legislation to Wilmington leaders based on community feedback.

A petition to their ban is on their website: http://bit.ly/1dp0yE0 

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