Ban on single-use plastic bags starts Nov. 1
Thursday, September 6, 2018 9:12 am
Retailers, restaurants and other businesses across Beaufort County will have to shift to a more eco-friendly way of doing business on Nov. 1 when a law banning single-use plastic bags goes into effect.
The Town of Hilton Head Island, the Town of Bluffton, the Town of Port Royal, the City of Beaufort and Beaufort County have all passed an ordinance prohibiting businesses from providing single-use plastic bags to their customers.
Instead, businesses are encouraged to provide reusable carryout bags or recyclable paper bags for customers.
The ordinance still allows some plastic bags. They include:
The ordinance also prohibits organizations that host events on town or city property from distributing plastic bags at their events. Businesses or organizations may receive a notice of violation or a citation for failing to comply with the law.
The eco-friendly law aims to improve and protect the environment, especially our waterways and marine life across the region.
For more information, businesses and organizations are encouraged to contact the municipality in which their organization resides.